Editorial 33: Reflections on the use of transformed animal proteins.
On January the 2nd of the current year we published the editorial titled: “EU…And now Meat Flours” from which we highlight the five following sentences:
- ”The strict current rule originated, since 15 years by the alarm caused in front of the announcement that relation existed between bovine Sgongeform Encephalopathy (BSE) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD). More than 2.000 deaths had been attributed to this disease, with supposed causal agent named prion, who entered in the alimentary chain by the use of meat flours coming from ill animals, in feeding of milk livestock animals and in human by both bovine meat and nervous tissues intake.
- ”In that period of time in most of state televisions worlwide some episodes were transmitted about science-fiction pictures and trips, that introduced strange nervous diseases in slaughter workers due to contamination, the same as nervous diseases in travellers who had tasted dishes made with brains and other organs of animals. None of those episodes was guaranteed by any scientific authority but broadcasting was done in a reiterative way and worldwide”.
- ”The main sanitary action, related to massive slaughtering of bovine was done in United Kingdom, for which reason that country received abundant european subsidies, in a moment in the time with the implantation of designated British Check and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)”.
- ”Meat flours have been yet used in most of extracommunitarian countries without having any sanitary alarm in them”.
- ”Elimination of prohibition also coincides at the same time with the study to eliminate British Check and CAP reform.
Only 10 months later since that editorial, EU is suggesting to partially eliminate prohibition that, in practice, it would open the way to the normalized use of meat flours in fish, poultry and swine feeding. Simultaneously, the National Councyl of Alimentation of France positively considered this proposal and after a long prohibition related to BSE, the european commission has drafted a document that supports its reintroduction arguing that now the main threats are microbiane resistances to antibiotics and Salmonella and decrease of dependance that EU has of other protein sources like soya flour.
In the same document it is also told about the use of meat flours (except the ones coming from spinal cord and intestines, which is a small percentage) and from bones in non-ruminants feeding, like swine and poultry, and proposes to rename them like Animal Transformed Proteins (ATP).
So, although now other priorities are adduced and another name is proposed, it comes to eliminate prohibition and, in consequence, it is accepted, in fact, that legislation was excessive and self-defeating because of protein dependence, thus, european agro-feed
Industry has been seriously damaged and also the general population in EU in which 79 million people are living under poverty threshold.
Doubts have always existed, and now they are bigger, about the measures now eliminated if they were implanted in good faith or having knowledge of their inefficacy, implanted like an instrument of intervention to favour some lobbies, damaging in consequence to those who were not integrated in them or so that some public officials may use this platform to get rich (offering services).
If measures were implanted in good faith or as a reaction to some alimentary safety problem, although they have been self-defeating, they may receive reproval from actual parliament. However, if measures were implanted under pressure from some lobby or in search of interventionism and self-luxury, actual parliament should and must penally persecute their authors and others who got rich putting them in practice.
European Union needs a quiet reflection, in most organizative aspects, since in consequence of actual public deficit it is proved that most correcting measures leave to be exposed the innecessary previous ones and question the truth of the arguments used at the moment. Itis time to ask for responsability, professionality, in front of disaster hold by european citizens and the growing sensation of having been mistreated and defrauded just for someones benefit.