Letter from Mr T Appleyard (J1)
I note that in the committee's coming sessions
there is to be a badgers and bovine tuberculosis follow up.
Many have taken movement of infective agents
from one view point only. Of late we have seen mention of scrapie,
foot and mouth, BSE, Creutzfeldt-Jakob-Disease and others. No
one seems to be looking at transfer mechanisms as a whole and
there is the process of isolation in each case for each problem.
The starting point is with badgers and the end point is with cattle,
but no one investigates the processes between these stages or
if both animals have a common factor in that both are infected
at the same time. No one seems to say why dogs distemper affects
seals. Are they associated with each other?
The mad cow disease is now highlighted but no
one seems to ask how long this problem has been noted. There were
certainly cattle before 1940 who wobbled about on their feet.
They were slaughtered but nothing was said.
No one questions if the problem is also associated
with poor food hygiene and the fact that you no longer cook food
but put it in the microwave heater. No mention is made of food
which is only cooked on the outside and still shows red on the
inside which comes on many food outlets menus.
What we are not told is if the water that is
drunk contains the problem. Water is certainly used from rivers
for human consumption which runs through farm land and bore holes
are used in farming areas for the water supply. Is it the same
for cattle with bugs?
It is known for certain that France, Belgium
and Ireland have BSE problems so is it a world wide problem? Other
infections are there also, but we are never told about them.
Is the infection system just normal or is it
being highlighted because we now know more about the subject,
we want perfect animals and everyone is more aware of the problem.
Has no one thought about the processing of the
food after the demise of the animal and the lack of effective
heat treatment in the process called cooking?
Is bovine tuberculosis like all other problems
which is noted at the final event and not in the stages up to
this point? Can you take tuberculosis as an isolated case?
I do not know if the above is in relation to
the present sessions or for some future time.
5 August 2000