Live Link: Meat Trade Daily

13 May 2010

 
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“The organiser, Christine Lord, lost her only son Andy Black, to vCJD when he was only 24. He didn’t eat beef or have a blood transfusion so she thinks his vCJD occured from eating school meals with mechanically recovered meat in them or through the vaccinations he had as a child. Interestingly, all of his vaccine records from the age of five, disappeared, as did the records of many other victims.”
The government has recorded 168 deaths due to variant CJD – caught from infected bovine material – but this figure is contested as being inaccurate because many of the families who have lost a loved one to this devastating brain disease say that they were never recorded in the official statistics.
 
Victims are also recorded as ‘sporadic CJD’, which was the original and very rare form of CJD that can occur in anybody and is not related to infected cattle.
Some cases, even in people in their teens and twenties, are put down to ‘early onset altzeimers disease’. Those left to nurse their husband’s, son’s, daughter’s and wives through the terminal illness say that this is part of a cover up to protect pharmaceutical industries, who use bovine products widely in medicines and vaccines.
 
Unsafe Blood Donations
 
Eighteen UK blood donors later died of vCJD and their blood was used to make vaccines and medicines such as factor 8 which is given to haemophiliacs. Some haemophiliacs have since died of vCJD after being given infected blood. Despite this, the government refuse to screen donated blood. An effective test is available but they will not use it. Why not? Maybe because screening people’s blood would reveal the true magitude of the problem, which would be a disaster of epic proportions for government, the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries.
 
UK blood bags have warning labels on them due to being possibly contaminated with vCJD and they are not allowed for donation in any other country in the world apart from the UK. If citizens of other countries are afforded some protection via this blood ban, why aren’t UK citizens offered the same protection through a screening program?
 
The protestors were also demanding that the screening of blood begin immediately to prevent more people dying of this highly avoidable disease.
 
Real Victims, Real Stories
 
The demonstration began by the Big Ben and then moved to Downing Street, the Prime Minister’s residence, where protestors were quickly met by police on horseback and asked to leave. Not giving up easily, they then marched to Parliament Square Gardens and demonstrated outside parliament.
 
The organiser, Christine Lord, lost her only son Andy Black, to vCJD when he was only 24. He didn’t eat beef or have a blood transfusion so she thinks his vCJD occured from eating school meals with mechanically recovered meat in them or through the vaccinations he had as a child. Interestingly, all of his vaccine records from the age of five, disappeared, as did the records of many other victims.
 
Another campaigner, Anthony Seaton, lost his mother to vCJD, but authorities tried to pass her death off as a stroke. It was only after Mr. Seaton complained that his mother had not had a stroke and had in fact, been deteriorating daily prior to her death, that they eventually changed the cause of death to CJD. That was not before they had had a commitee meeting to discuss what they should put on her death certificate. Mr. Seaton and other campaigners like him, are convinced that this problem is widespread.
 
Some protestors did not have a relative who had died of vCJD but were worried that they or their children might be infected. One mom had a blood transfusion after the birth of her son two years ago and was worried they might be the next victims without a proper blood screening program in place.
 
The air of grief in the atmosphere was tangible, with some protestors holding photographs of their deceased love ones. Whether the government hears them is another matter but they hope for a greater measure of public openess and accountability for policies that undoubtedly led to this human tragedy.