- TORONTO - The federal government
is studying the possibility that mad cow disease could exist in beef by-products
that are used in vaccines and cosmetics.
- Experts say hundreds of products contain ingredients
made from bovine by-products, including some common childhood vaccines
such as tetanus, polio and diphtheria.
- Health Canada says it's currently conducting risk assessments
on vaccines. It says there is no evidence the risk exists, but it also
says it can't be ruled out.
- Concern about anti-aging creams
- Cosmetics are also an area of concern - especially expensive
anti-aging creams imported from Europe. Many contain lightly-processed
bovine brain and nerve tissue.
- European and American officials have already asked manufacturers
not to use ingredients from any country with a risk of mad cow infection.
- Health Canada says it's considering import restrictions
on any products that contain raw biological tissue.
- Again, experts say the risk is extremely low. But they
say until more is known about the disease, it's better to err on the side
- A government inquiry in Britian concluded, "It seems
to us undesirable that so little is known about products which offer a
potential pathway infection."
- At least 80 people in Britain and France have died from
mad cow disease. Governments around the world have blocked the trade of
infected animals and meat.
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