Navigation Links
New Test Scans Beef for Mad Cow Disease

Method enables real-time identification of contaminated tissue, study says

TUESDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- The first test for instantly detecting beef that's been contaminated with tissue from a cow's brain or spinal cord during slaughter has been developed by U.S. researchers. They said the test is an advance in efforts to protect the human food chain from bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or "mad cow disease."

The removal of brain, spinal and other central nervous system tissue after slaughter is "one of the highest priority tasks to avoid contamination of the human food chain with bovine spongiform encephalopathy," noted Jurgen A. Richt and colleagues at Iowa State University and the National Animal Disease Center of the USDA-Agricultural Research Service.

However, there is no currently available method that "enables the real-time detection of possible central nervous system (CNS) tissue contamination on carcasses during slaughter," the researchers said in an American Chemical Society news release.

They developed a test based on detection of the fluorescent pigment lipofuscin, a substance that appears in high concentrations in the nervous system of cattle. The test proved a reliable indicator for the presence of brain and spinal tissue in bovine carcasses and meat cuts.

"Small quantities of bovine spinal cord were reliably detected in the presence of raw bovine skeletal muscle, fat and vertebrae. The research lays the foundation for development of a prototype device allowing real-time monitoring of CNS tissue contamination on bovine carcasses and meat cuts," the researchers wrote.

The study is in the Aug. 13 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about mad cow disease.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American Chemical Society, news release, Aug. 6, 2008

Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Breast CT Scans Could Be Comfortable Alternative to Mammograms
2. New study finds coronary arterial calcium scans help detect overall death risk in the elderly
3. Brain Scans Detect Alzheimers Disease Quickly
4. Arterial Calcium Scans Can Predict Death Risk
5. Star-Shaped Brain Cells Make Scans Possible
6. Whole Milk Cheaper, Effective Contrast Agent for GI Scans
7. US Oncology Applauds Journal of Clinical Oncology Study Highlighting Value of PET Scans for Cancer Patients With Various Types of Malignancies
8. Calcium Scans Help Predict Coronary Risk
9. Full-Body Scans May Help the Highly Cancer-Prone
10. Scans spot hidden tumors in rare cancer syndrome
11. SCAI Applauds CMS Decision to Continue Coverage of Cardiac CT Scans
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture animations, FCPX users ... - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package transforms over 1,300 ... Pro X . Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it above media or ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, Dr. Omkar Marathe earned his ... David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained in Internal Medicine at Scripps ... in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where he had the opportunity to ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the Maryland Department ... in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , The Wellness at ... Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was one of 42 ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... A recent article published June 14 on E ... goes on to state that individuals are now more comfortable seeking to undergo not ... as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical group, Beverly Hills Physicians ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... June 19, 2016 is World Sickle Cell Observance Day. In ... benefits of holistic treatments, Serenity Recovery Center of Marne, Michigan, has issued ... Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a disorder of the red blood cells, which can ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Research and Markets ... Market by Type (Organic Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), Inorganic ... Coating, Parenteral) - Global Forecast to 2021" report ... The global pharmaceutical excipients market is projected to ... of 6.1% in the forecast period 2016 to 2021. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the ... report to their offering. ... favourable commercial environment for MedImmune to enter. The US ageing ... serve to drive considerable growth for effective anti-influenza medications. The ... sales considerably, but development is still in its infancy. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Revolutionary ... Oticon , industry leaders in advanced audiology ... of Oticon Opn ™, the world,s first internet ... possibilities for IoT devices.      (Photo: ... introduces a number of ,world firsts,: , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: