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May 2004 Issue

Can You Count on Kosher Meat to Be Safe From Mad Cow Disease?

Q. Iím thinking of buying kosher meat, because I was told there is less risk of it being infected with the organism that causes mad cow disease. Is this true?

A. Possibly, but there are no guarantees. There are several practices unique to the selection and slaughter of cattle for kosher processing and preparation that may indeed reduce the likelihood that the animals will carry mad cow disease.

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