As usual, John Stauber sees demons in the shadows where there are none (“Mad cow disease a byproduct of beef industry profits,” Jan. 5).
His histrionics about the human public health threat from mad cow disease amount to sheer paranoia, especially considering the inaccuracy of his statements.
For one example, Stauber’s recent tirades against the use of blood-plasma protein in cattle feed are informed by emotion, not science. Research
presented at a 2001 World Health Organization meeting demonstrated that blood products from mad-cow infected cattle do not transmit the disease.
And according to the European Commission Scientific Steering Committee, the cow-to-cow transmission of mad cow disease has never involved blood products.
I’m proud to be among the “interesting enemies” Stauber slams for calling him on the carpet when he distorts the truth. And I’m in good company: the USDA, the WHO and the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis are all lined up against him.
My organization, the Center for Consumer Freedom (www.ConsumerFreedom.com), is supported by legitimate businesses. We make no apologies for our vigilance where alarmists like Stauber are concerned. He will likely continue to promise a human plague that will never arrive, and engage in a good amount of name-calling in the process. But juvenile taunts like his belong in a sandbox, not on the opinion page.