Two Cases of Mad Cow Disease in Central Greece

    cowTen years since the last incidence of the mad cow disease in Greece, the Greek authorities have quarantined a farm in Fthiotida, central Greece, after the detection of two new cases.

    The new cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) were found in two dead cows that had been imported from the Netherlands. It is estimated that the animals were six years old. The Ministry of Agriculture says the farm has been closed off and is going to be subject to further tests.

    Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly known as mad cow disease, is a fatal disease (encephalopathy) in cattle that damages the animal’s central nervous system. BSE possibly originated as a result of cattle being fed meat and bone meal as well as commercial feeds, which may contain ingredients including antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, fertilizers, and protein supplements. BSE can be transmitted to humans who eat food derived from infected cows, particularly if it contains nerve tissue. There is an  association between a new human disease called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) and BSE.

    The disease first appeared in the 1980s, in the United Kingdom, where animal husbandry units started using feed of animal origin in order to reduce production costs. The first ‘mad cow’ appeared in April 1985, while the first official confirmation of the disease was announced 18 months later, in November 1986.


    • The Truth is…

      This is a disturbing news and it should be treated with seriousness…Beef meat must not be consumed till it’s safe to do so of course by the advice of the Greek authorities…People must stop eating beef till it’s safe…

    • Delta

      Imported from the Netherlands. When will Greek producers/farmers/consumers stop importing CRAP from abroad? Greece imports Dutch milk, Dutch tomatoes and Dutch animals and meat: these are the results. Moreover, Dutch and Belgian tomatoes are completely tasteless. Ask a 3 star Michelin restaurant chef whether he prefers to cook with Dutch or Greek tomatoes. Greeks are destroying their own productive system by consuming foreign products.

    • Polycrates

      Ox tails, brains anything connected to the central nervous system should be suspected. Suggest beef eaters switch back to horsemeat.

    • The Truth is…

      D_elt…It’s all in the hands of this FKNG government…They have the means to put this country back on track but for personal interests, they bankrupt it’s economy…The only thing they are good at is the bla…bla…bla…This country has what it takes to be one of the best in Europe…