Update on safe food in England ?

Mar 14th, 2001, 04:11 PM
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Update on safe food in England ?

My wife and I are planning to travel to England. We are both concerned of the hoof and mouth disease and mad cow disease. Is it safe to order meats when we dine out ?
Mar 14th, 2001, 04:18 PM
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There is no risk of your catching hoof and mouth disease unless you have cloven hooves yourself.

Order meats when you dine out except for that time honored specialty: ground bits o' brain, spinal cord and bone marrow. If you eat that daily for ten years, you will increase by 10% the chance that you might die by the year 2030. 2020, if you are already over the age of eighty.
Mar 15th, 2001, 12:17 AM
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Animals with foot and mouth will not be in the food chain because any animal showing signs will be slaughtered. British beef is ironically about the safest in the world because of the stringent post BSE rules now in place. I would personally never eat burgers anywhere. If you read a recent American publication "Fast food nation", you wouldn't either! By the way, in America they only stopped feeding cattle food made from ground up cows at the time the CJD scare started in Britain.
Mar 15th, 2001, 12:39 AM
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Yes its as safe as the the US(?).
There have been a surprising number of questions on this over the past few days.
Surprising because if I was worried about this health question I wouldn't ask a travel forum!
Doesn't the US gov give advice to travellers?
Mar 15th, 2001, 02:05 AM
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Foot and Mouth is a flu like virus affected hoofed animals and does not affect humans, besides, as Sylvia states, affected animals are being slaughtered and burnt, not eaten.

Mad Cow Disease - I would be more worried about the fact that we've been eating beef for years before the health risk was discovered, whereas the beef you now eat will probably be the healthiest available, since such stringent checks have been introduced into theUK.

Food in general in the UK - there has been a lot of fuss about genetically modifies foods - very very common in the US but people in the UK are very disturbed about this. Consequently many shops and restaurants have banned genetically modified foods and organic produce is now extremely popular.

The food will probably be the best quality you've eaten in years.
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