Concerns About Consuming Animal Products

In the past decade, safety of animal products has become a major factor in the consumption of these foods. Consumers have become aware of the connection between animal products, especially meat, and some diseases. Some diseases worth noting are bovine spongiform encephalop-athy (BSE), gastrointestinal disturbances caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli), the parasite trichina, and colon cancer. BSE is a neural disease that is caused by an altered prion present in the brain and spinal cord of infected cattle. BSE is only transferred by consumption of infected tissue. E. coli is a bacteria found in all animals that can cause illness when its pathogenic form is present in the stomach and small intestine in addition to the colon. Trichinosis is a disease caused by the parasite trichina. Trichina used to be prevalent in the pork population but has been eradicated. A small but significant increase in the occurrence of colon cancer in people who consume red and processed meat is evident.[8]

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