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Siamese cat named Max died in Bristol from a feline variant of BSE, after eating contaminated cat food. The death of “Mad Max,” as the
tabloids dubbed him, proved that mad cow could indeed cross the species barrier. Nevertheless, the British government denied for six more
years that the disease posed any risk to human beings.
Governments throughout Europe ignored the interests of consumers while protecting those of agribusiness. A recent report by the French
senate found that from 1988 to 2000 the agriculture ministry in that country minimized the danger of mad cow and “constantly sought to
prevent or delay the introduction of precautionary measures.” Health officials were repeatedly ignored in order to block decisions that
“might have had an adverse effect on the competitiveness of the agri-foodstuffs industry.” Great Britain banned the feeding of ruminants to
ruminants in 1988, but continued to export animal feed potentially contaminated with BSE for another eight years — shipping about 150
million pounds of the stuff to dozens of countr...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
- Spring '08