What On Your Plate Today.Mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, is caused by a misshapen protein that eats holes in a cow's brain. Government officials say there is no threat to the food supply because the infected cow's brain, the spinal cord and the lower part of the small intestine where scientists say the disease is found were removed before the cow was sent for processing. Still, as a precaution, the Agriculture Department has recalled more than 10,000 pounds of meat from about 20 cows slaughtered with the Holstein on Dec. 9. That meat was distributed to eight western states and Guam, although officials said most went to Oregon and Washington.
So are you eating beef at your house today. Well lots of school children are still eating beef as a part of the school lunch programs in the schools. Schools get a combination of reimbursement for federally approved meals and food directly bought by the government including a good portion of the beef served in schools. The government bought an estimated 133 million pounds of beef for schools in 2003. Much of this meat is frozen and it will be used in your childs lunches in the next months.
So even if you are not serving beef at home then have you checked your childs lunch menus for this month.I bet if you do you find beef is envolved somewhere. As a concerned parent wouldn't it be wise to make some objection to your child being served beef at school? Just a question..