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Another food scandal - this time it is cattle

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OneFootInTheGrave

OneFootInTheGrave Report 1 Jul 2013 12:31

Five months ago we had the horse meat scandal - now we have another scandal this time it involves diseased cattle

It is being widely reported that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) makes up to £10m a year from selling cattle that have tested positive for bovine TB to slaughterhouses.

According to some reports the meat has been finding its way into burgers and meals in schools, hospitals and the military. However a spokesman for Defra has said the meat goes through rigorous safety checks before it can be passed fit for consumption and the risk of infection is extremely low.

:-S :-S :-S The risk of infection is extremely low - surely if there is any risk the carcasses should be destroyed as Tuberculosis can be a fatal disease :-|

Porkie_Pie

Porkie_Pie Report 1 Jul 2013 12:40

If the risk of infection is extremely low and deemed acceptable? then why do they slaughter the cattle in the first place,

And in which case what justification is the for the culling of badgers?

I thought that all infected cattle had to be destroyed and burnt

Roy

maggiewinchester

maggiewinchester Report 1 Jul 2013 12:43

Nice to know our government cares about the children, the sick and our armed forces.
I noticed prisons were off the list of those supplied.

KittytheLearnerCook

KittytheLearnerCook Report 1 Jul 2013 17:09

How does DEFRA get money from selling cattle??

:-S

LadyScozz

LadyScozz Report 1 Jul 2013 17:15

I wonder if they eat this meat in the dining room at the Houses of Parliament?

:-0

Porkie_Pie

Porkie_Pie Report 1 Jul 2013 17:28

KittytheLearnerCook, Not sure but Defra pay farmers compensation for every cow infected,

I think they make money after paying the farmer they then sell the infected animal to the slaughterhouse the differential between the compensation paid and the price defra receive for the sale of the usable parts of the carcass is where they make the money??

this article doesnt say but worth reading

http://news.sky.com/story/1109703/meat-from-diseased-cattle-sold-by-defra

Roy

KittytheLearnerCook

KittytheLearnerCook Report 1 Jul 2013 17:43

I read the article Roy, just can't get my head round how the same government agency that says it is working to control tb in cattle by culling badgers makes money from selling infected meat!?!

It does say that there is a minimum risk, it is up to the individual, but I will still eat beef.

I don't believe culling badgers will make a jot of difference myself, maybe that is a smokescreen to cover up their dodgy dealings ;-)

♥†۩ Carol   Paine ۩†♥

♥†۩ Carol Paine ۩†♥ Report 1 Jul 2013 17:53

http://www.thecattlesite.com/news/42988/tb-meat-claims-quashed

This report tells how it is decided if edible.

maggiewinchester

maggiewinchester Report 1 Jul 2013 18:27

So, farmers winge that their cattle are being killed 'unecessarily' (for that read preaturely as they would be killed eventually) because of Bovine TB, they are then paid compensation of between £166 and £1412.
Defra then sell these contaminated carcasses on to slaughterhouses -as OFITG said, they make £10 million a year selling them.
THEN there was a £50m study in England on whether culling badgers reduces bovine TB.
Results were inconclusive - but, over the years, the research ito bovine TB and badgers has cost £500 million.

Was there any point?
All this money spent on a significantly small (but sometimes very influential) segment of society, for, as it appears now, no reason. TB infected beef is getting in to the food chain anyway.

KittytheLearnerCook

KittytheLearnerCook Report 1 Jul 2013 18:29

If a private company operated like this they would be bankrupt or in prison by now! :-0

eRRolSheep

eRRolSheep Report 1 Jul 2013 18:32

Am I missing something. Why can't the farmers sell the cattle direct to the slaughterhouses?

KittytheLearnerCook

KittytheLearnerCook Report 1 Jul 2013 18:37

I don't get that either Errol ."sighs again*

maggiewinchester

maggiewinchester Report 1 Jul 2013 18:40

I think the carcasses have to have an autopsy.
The number of tubecular abcesses found determines whether the carcass will then be sold on to a slaughterhouse.

KittytheLearnerCook

KittytheLearnerCook Report 1 Jul 2013 18:42

Yuck.............still won't put me off beef though :-)

eRRolSheep

eRRolSheep Report 1 Jul 2013 18:43

KittytheDidntCookthenDidandIsNowLearningCordonBleuCookery
I am sure that there is a "valid" reason but it certainly sounds very odd indeed.

KittytheLearnerCook

KittytheLearnerCook Report 1 Jul 2013 18:48

It's a scam I tell you.......a scam!!!!! LOL

eRRolSheep

eRRolSheep Report 1 Jul 2013 18:53

I'm sure a government agency would never be involved in anything even remotely resembling a scam.

Mayfield

Mayfield Report 1 Jul 2013 19:05

"no known cases where TB has been transmitted through eating meat" and any that are suggested will be ignored because "no known cases where TB has been transmitted through eating meat" Yea right we can really feel safe in the hands of government!

KittytheLearnerCook

KittytheLearnerCook Report 1 Jul 2013 19:15

I have been looking to see how TB is contracted...............it is an airborne bacteria, so how does it transfer through eating meat I wonder?

OneFootInTheGrave

OneFootInTheGrave Report 2 Jul 2013 06:56

Everything governments seem to do these days is about making money :-|

ErrolSheep - I'm sure a government agency would never be involved in anything even remotely resembling a scam - never :-D :-D :-D