Where’s the Beef?

Today, in light of the BSE scare here in the States, nine nations, including some our biggest beef export customers, have placed a ban on US beef.

As I understand it, we don’t typically eat the parts here in the States from which you would likely contract the human form of BSE — the brain and spinal cord. In fact, I can’t imagine eating those at all! (Although I do know that pig brains scrambled in with eggs is well enjoyed in the South.) We eat the muscle tissue, which doesn’t carry BSE, as it is a neurological disorder.

So, I guess tht means more steak for me.

What’s been weird is the number of politicans that have jumped on the bandwagon in the last 24 hours, indicating that the scare isn’t going to deter them from a nice steak for Christmas. Steak for Christmas?! I thought folks did turkey and ham for Christmas! I guess you jump on whatever bandwagon promotes your particular cause de jour.