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35% of AMR Meat Samples Found To Have Unacceptable Tissues

(12/25/03: Kyodo News):

"An agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture pointed out in its February report that about 35% of samples from advanced meat and bone separation machinery had ''unacceptable nervous tissues'' detected, Kyodo News learned Thursday.

In addition, 29% and 10% of the samples had spinal cord tissue and dorsal nerve root ganglia tissue detected, respectively, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said. The FSIS compiled the report on the machine, commonly called Advanced Meat Recovery (AMR) systems, based on a survey it conducted from the middle of January until the end of August in 2002.

It conducted the survey in response to concerns raised by consumer group and industry representatives about the risk to human health from consumption of bovine spinal cord due to a possible link between mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), and variant Creutzfeld-Jakob (vCJD) disease in humans."

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The Meat Free Zone (MFZ) campaign is intended to make the MeatFreeZone logo as recognizable a symbol as the "Smoke Free Zone". The idea was originally conceived  when The WARM Store in Woodstock, NY, was in operation throughout the '90's (Woodstock Animal Rights Movement).  The store was truly a meat free zone as it was the first cruelty-free, Vegan, socially conscious animal rights store in the United States.  Now  that  the Vegan and Vegetarian movements have been growing so rapidly, more and more people are showing concern about the food in their diet and their overall  health and nutrition.  Many people are giving up eating fish, chicken, beef, pork (pigs ), dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream) and eggs.  Headlines of Mad Cow disease, E-coli and salmonella are in the news with greater frequency.  Vegan and vegetarian recipe cookbooks are standard now  in all bookstores and many restaurants have added Vegan and Vegetarian options to their menus. We hope you will help us with the Meat Free Zone campaign by putting the signs up in your homes and workplaces and by spreading them to all the vegetarian and vegan restaurants that you know and frequent.  And someday we will have true "meat free zones" in establishments that serve meat. (d-4)

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