Prions: Can Farmed Fish Give You Mad Cow Disease?

by Irma Arkus

Remember Mad Cow Disease? The one that revealed prions transmitted in beef products as cause of brain illness, and not just any illness, but the deadly spongiform encepalopathy?

As a preventative measure, the peeps at “bovine university” have desisted the practice of feeding animals to cows. But that did not stop the feed containing animals from entering a new food chain, and opening doors to an entirely new form of creating sources of prions into human diet – farmed fish!

Voila! Did not expect that? Me neither.

In upcoming “Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and Aquaculture,” University of Kentucky neurologist Robert P. Friedland and his science gang, have determined that due to less than adequate testing of feed for aquaculture, fish farms are potentially a deadly source of prions.

Now fish, a major source of nutrients that cannot be found in other foods, including omega-3 fatty acids, is also potentially a way of transmitting diseases that until now never crossed from fish to humans.

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