BSE Awareness
A Bloody Debate
Risky Business
Vaccines Possibly at Risk
Dietary Supplements
Buyer Beware
4-Legged Kids
Dogs Said, No Thank You!
What Are They Eating?
Cats, Dogs Scrapie & BSE
Think First, Then Bite
Prion Patties & Mystery Meat Pies
Moo Juice
Say "Cheese"
Imports Banned in Australia
When in Doubt, Throw it Out
Is My Food Safe?
Safety Measures in the Home
Down on the Farm
Jeff Rense's List of Animal
General Medical and Healthcare Products
Jeff Rense's List of Animal
Products (Cont.)
General Food Products


In December 2000, the FDA reported several firms might have used beef protein broths and calf serum from Europe to make vaccines. In America, these vaccines are in question:

Diptheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis vaccine by North American Vaccine
Hepatitis A vaccine by SmithKline Beecham15

In Canada, these five vaccines are in question:

Act Hib (prevents hemophilus influenzae Type B) by Aventis Pasteur
Infanrix (prevents diptheria, tetanus and acelluar pertussis in young children) by SmithKline Beecham
Havrix (a hepatitis vaccine) by SmithKline Beecham
IPOL (inactivated polio virus) by Aventis Pasteur, sold in Canada under the name Imovax Polio
Pnu-Immune (pneumococcal polysaccharide) by Wyeth Ayerst16

Officials say there is only "minimal risk" for contracting any disease from these vaccines. These firms have been directed to "be more rigorous in the manufacturing processes" by the end of 2001.17
That gives us another full year of potentially risky vaccines besides what is already in stock.

From the CDC: "Animal-derived products used in vaccine manufacture can include amino acids, glycerol, detergents, gelatin, enzymes and blood. Cow milk is a source of amino acids, and sugars such as galactose. Cow tallow derivatives used in vaccine manufacture include glycerol. Gelatin and some amino acids come from cow bones. Cow skeletal muscle is used to prepare certain complex media. Many difficult to grow microorganisms require the addition of serum from blood to the growth media."18


How much is a beautiful, energetic body worth? If it's healthy - everything. If it's contracted nvCJD in the process, it's worth less than the Swiss cheese their brain resembles. Asians take velvet, a soft and highly vascular hairy skin that nourishes deer antlers during rapid growth, and use it as an aphrodisiac. Last month Koreans impounded 12 tons, about $900,000 worth of elk velvet, after discovering Saskatchewan farms had experienced a chronic wasting disease outbreak last year. Even though all 1,500 of the domestic elk were destroyed, burned and buried, the Korean ban against Canadian velvet remains intact.

Most citizens just assume their government is watching out for their welfare. People take supplements and we believe they are safe, but what happens if they slip up? Before you pop that pill or powder, did you check its source? Especially when products are ordered off the Internet, it's easy to make the purchase without fully checking ingredients. It may be too much of a bother to email the supplier and check out all the ingredients first. Once you get the product, don't you start taking it right away thinking it's OK?

Nutritional supplements using bovine glands such as pituitaries, prostates or kidneys may also include an unwanted ingredient - Mad Cow. These supplements contain hormones which supposedly help organs perform better, boost immune systems or make us feel more energetic, but they may have deadly consequences.

Although the FDA says European bovine products should not be imported into this country because of an import alert ban put into effect within the past two years, BSE-infected material may have come in prior to the ban. Should not? Where's the force and meaning behind "should not"?

To prevent nutritional supplement makers from using materials from infected cows, the FDA in November wrote a letter to the industry to "take all steps to assure the public that such ingredients do not come from cattle born, raised or slaughtered in countries where BSE exists."19

Some experts believe this industry has not been monitored enough by the FDA and may pose risks to the public. Dr. Peter Lurie is director of the Public Citizen Health Research Group and a member of the FDA advisory committee on Mad Cow. He states, "There is no way of being certain that some dietary supplement ingredients do not come from British cows."20

Michael Hansen, research associate at the Consumer Policy Institute, the research unit of Consumers Union, concurs. He says Americans should avoid taking any glandular supplements, even if they are made from cows in the US, reminding us it takes five years for BSE to incubate. He also advises people to keep asking pointed questions until you get specific, satisfying answers as to where glandular products come from.

This is not a time for reticence and shyness. It doesn't matter if the vendor gets annoyed by probing questions. This is your health, your life at stake. If the seller can not give you an unvarnished, satisfactory, unhesitating and complete answer, go to a different shop. If they ask you why, be straight about your concerns regarding BSE. It will be doing you, them and the public a favor showing you will not purchase or consume products in question and will force the vendors to become more discriminatory.

The FDA may consider regulating these glandular products more rigorously or removing them from the shelves altogether.


Various products from cattle used in vaccines and foods may be found hazardous. As the evidence grows, there is enough concern about blood transmission that many bans are in place for whom can donate from Europe. Tallow, gelatin and milk are also still being used in vaccines,food, cosmetic or household items even though NONE of these items havebeen given an unequivocal all-clear.

Wednesday of this week, candy made in Werther, Germany from beef-based gelatin was pulled from stores in Poland. The product, Mamba fruit chew, is sold in all five boroughs of New York where health officials are investigating it. When the US headquarters for Storck company in Chicago was contacted, they declined to comment other than to say their candy was safe. The article did not specify where else in America this fruit candy is sold, nor the other 78 countries besides the US and Poland which sells the product. Mamba has agreed to remove the beef gelatin from the Polish product, but not from the same candy sold in the US. If the ingredients can be changed for Poland, why not for everyone? Even if gelatin IS found to be a danger, but removed from this candy, it's still found in many, many products.21


"Please don't feed us prions." -
Seismo and Taco Deyo

The LAST thing we'd ever want to do is feed these guys prions. Look at these trusting faces. . .They can't choose their own food so it's up to their parents to help them out.

There are rightful concerns about feeding "meat and meat by-products" as well as "chicken and chicken by-products" to pets.


In the US alone, the pet food industry is an $11 billion dollar business annually -- $25 billion worldwide. We'd like to think for those dollars, 4-leggeds were getting a great steak or grilled breast of turkey. Many pet food companies are owned by multinational corporations and use a pet food business as dumping grounds for their waste products.

Three of the five major pet food companies in the US are subsidiaries of major multinational companies:

    Nestle - Alpo, Fancy Feast, Friskies, Mighty Dog
    Heinz - 9 Lives, Amore, Gravy Train, Kibbles n Bits, Recipe, Vets
    Colgate-Palmolive - Hill's Science Diet Pet Food
    Procter & Gamble - Eukanuba and Iams
    Mars - Kal Kan, Mealtime, Pedigree, Sheba and Nutro22

What's in most pet food is pretty disgusting. Some are bacteria-contaminated and inedible by humans. If you really want to know what's in your pet's food, read this article from the Animal Protection Institute. Afterwards, you may choose to make your own pet food. They provide some good sample recipes on their web site.

Like human food, the ingredients are listed in order of percentage of content. For example, whatever is listed first, is the ingredient in highest concentration.

When I opened a can of very well known high end, name-brand canned dog food, in it was something smooth, tubular and about 1/2 inch across. As I sunk in the spoon, a delightful odor assaulted the nostrils and the flabby object waved obscenely on the spoon. Stan said it was probably a vein. Ugh! It looked very unappetizing and the dogs left it in their bowl untouched. Now that's saying something considering Seismo has wolfed down (and thrown back up) more than his share of mice. (Doesn't everyone eat their trophies?)


Here are some other choice tidbits in pet food.

Chicken Byproduct Meal
consists of rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chickens including necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, and intestines excluding feathers except those unavoidably included. All water is removed, then it's ground to a meal consistency.

Chicken Byproducts
includes everything above without removing the water or grinding it up.

Chicken Meal
is dry rendered clean chicken flesh and skin (with or without bones) excluding feathers, heads, feet, or entrails. This ingredient is digestible, palatable, and more expensive than the first two. It is considered to be the single best source of protein in commercial pet foods.

Poultry Protein
is the clean combination of flesh and skin (with or without bone) from carcasses of turkeys, ducks, geese, buzzards, etc. excluding of feathers, heads, feet, and entrails.

Beef Byproducts
are non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, from slaughtered cows including but not limited to lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, partially defatted low temperature fatty tissue, stomachs and intestines and their contents. It does not include hair, horns, teeth and hoofs. Boy, are we glad to know Seismo and Taco aren't eating hair, horns or hoofs when they can dine on feces! Now that's a nutritional break!

is the clean flesh of slaughtered cattle limited to striated skeletal muscle or from the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus. It includes the accompanying and overlying fat and any skin, sinew, nerve, blood vessels and all parts of the cow not eaten by humans. Beef is a common allergen for many dogs and the cause of skin irritations.

Animal Digest
is MRM (mechanically removed meat) which is pressured off with water and turned into broth. MRM is oftentimes removed from the vertebrae, terribly close to the spinal cord which is a big carrier of prions. Animal digest is made from "unspecified parts of unspecified animals". (Mystery meat for pets.) Any kind of animal can be included: goats, pigs, horses, rats, etc. and obtained from any source so there's no quality control. It does exclude hair, horns, teeth, hooves and feathers except in trace amounts. Labeling must reflect ingredients. "Beef flavor" must come from cows. If it reads "pork flavored", it has to be from pigs. In other words, they can't fake the flavoring. Hmmm. . . ever seen anything labeled "rat flavored?"23

In view of BSE and the deadly effects of feeding animals MBM - meat and bonemeal, it looks like the safest products contain Chicken Meal and Poultry Protein. Of beef products, the ingredient labeled "Beef" seems the least offensive, but one has to question how nutritious are sinew, nerve and blood vessels. Good thing our 4-legged kids prefer chicken. The Animal Protection Institute has the best general and unbiased information on selecting commercial pet food we've seen.


"BSE is particularly important within the pet industry since ingredients such as sheep with scrapie and cattle with Downer's Disease may be used in pet foods. The U.S. production of sheep family by-product meal was estimated in 1995 to be 4,500 pounds per working day or just enough to produce five tons of "lamb" and rice dog food daily. Since dogs have not been found to have any form of BSE, the relegation of that by-product meal entirely to dog foods can be considered relatively safe if pet-food plant sanitation is adequate to prevent contamination into cat foods. If the remainder of the "lamb by-product meal" and lamb (meat) is obtained from countries which have only scrapie-free sheep, then that lamb can be used in cat foods with relative safety. For each pet producer's integrity, it is almost obligatory to obtain a guarantee by the supplier that each shipment of lamb or lamb by-product meal used in cat foods is supplied entirely from those countries free of sheep and goat scrapie. Some American companies have followed that safety practice. For example, IAMS, and perhaps other companies, own sheep slaughter facilities in New Zealand and Australia supplying their entire "lamb" needs thus insuring their ingredients are from scrapie-free sources."24


Text and Graphics, 2001 Stan and Holly Deyo, except where otherwise credited