"The swine-only virus, the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), poses no danger to humans or other animals, and the meat from infected pigs is safe for people to eat." - F YOU!!!
I would like to make a BLT for the person who said this and watch them eat it...Yummy BACON!!! Not just any old bacon... DISEASED BACONNNN!!
- "Like everything else, we screw up from time to time," said Ronald L. Plain, professor of agricultural economics at University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. "We know so little about the transmittal of this virus. We can't be sure if it's happening because of something we're supposed to do right and didn't - or by some mechanism we don't know that we're supposed to do differently." This statement says a lot... they know so little about the virus. I don't think it's just a lack of knowledge on how it's spread, but a lack of knowledge about the in's & out's of the virus. It's never been a problem, so there's been no real research done on PEDV. So, with that said, how can they be certain that this virus poses no risk to humans? Just because someone eats some diseased meat and doesn't initially show signs of sickness, doesn't mean that the person will never be effected (years from now). It just can't be a good idea to eat diseased meat; any kind of meat.
- "But the food shield is not impermeable. "If it becomes clear that this is not a novel way for to be transmitted, and that there had to be physical contact, that's going to be a major concern," said William Marler, a leading food-safety attorney. "It means that there was a failure in the system." the system fails us all the time... that's not new news. They know nothing about this virus.
- "Initial reporting about the virus may have been delayed, say sources, because its symptoms can be confused with a more common malady, transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE)" It's actually sad that there are all these animals that are sick and suffering and just loaded up with antibiotics to stay alive until they are slaughtered. It's just not right.
- "Also, states are not required to report cases of PEDV to the federal government, and farmers are not required to report to state veterinarians." Why the hell not?? That's just not wise. Any sick animal(s) that will be going into the food supply should have to report these conditions. But wait... now that I think about it, the majority of farm animals are sick. There would be an overload of cases and not enough man power to investigate. I just answered my question