Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Wow, actual journalism from the Guardian and the BBC's panorama show:
They tested 12 fillets of Dutch frozen chicken. IdentiGEN found beef DNA in half of them. A fillet from Slegtenhorst where Anna worked proved positive. Slegtenhorst has since told Panorama they don?t use hydrolysed proteins, let alone beef proteins. They blamed contamination. There was beef DNA in two fillets from T. Lelie, Niko's employers. They do use proteins but insist they're made from chicken. Lelie told us their own tests had proved negative. A fillet from the Dutch firm Jozef Hassan contained not just beef DNA but pork too. The label said the product was halal, suitable for Muslims who, for religious reasons, choose not to eat pork. Hassan deny they use animal proteins. Again they say tests they carried out, and independent tests, were all negative....

Professor ROY ANDERSON FRS, Imperial College, London

At the moment it looks as though the size of the variant CJD epidemic, which is the human BSE disease, is going to be a lot smaller than we originally feared, so it's not a highly transmissible, highly infectious agent, but once acquired it's invariably lethal. And therefore all of us would like to know if there's bovine material in a product, and if there is, where did it come from.

DAVID STATHAM, Director of Enforcement Standards, FSA

This is not a food safety issue. There is no indication whatsoever that any of these ingredients have any adverse health effects. This is a food composition issue. This is food being misdescribed. This is not a food safety issue....

MR HIETBRINK: We have what we call PCR-negative proteins.... The only thing I would say is that if you're able to bring the situation in such a point that you have only one base pair of DNA you never can recombine it again. That's the only thing I want to say about the subject.

Now stuff that nugget in your face and go back to the Laci Peterson show. Can't happen here....

Clarification [5/30]: It's been brought to my attention that this post doesn't really make sense. Just go to the panorama link above to read the transcript and learn about the pork in your chicken.


Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home

©2002-2005 by the author