World Health Organisation wants to ban names of diseases offensive to animals
Experts want to change the names of diseases that can lead to stigma Monkey pox, Cooke’s disease and German measles are facing abolition The new guidelines are designed to reduce the name’s ‘negative impact’ Spanish flu was ‘unfairly’ blamed on the Iberian country between 1918-20By Martin Delgado for The Mail on Sunday. The World Health Organisation wants to deal with the problem of ‘offensive’ disease names. They are supposed to be at the forefront of fighting disease and saving lives all over the world. In an astonishing example of political correctness, World Health Organisation officials have called for terms such as swine flu, bird flu and monkey pox to be banned – in order to protect animals from needless slaughter. WHO – a UN body to which Britain contributes £35 million a year – says the aim of the new guidelines is to minimise the ‘negative impact’ of such terms as German measles or Lyme disease on travel, tourism or animal welfare. ‘The World Health Organisation is a political organisation – an arm of the UN – which got badly burned by not acting fast enough on ebola. Well-known diseases have to be called something and changing names causes public confusion and might even be harmful. If governments and doctors around the world follow WHO advice, familiar terms such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, swine flu, legionnaire’s disease and paralytic shellfish poisoning will be dropped and replaced by names judged more politically correct. The guidelines also call for the words ‘unknown’, ‘death’, ‘fatal’ and ‘epidemic’ to be avoided in descriptions of human disease because they can ‘incite undue fear’. Swine flu will also be dumped because the designation led to the unnecessary culling of pigs which had no connection with the 2009 pandemic, according to a WHO spokesman. He said certain disease names had created a backlash against members of particular religious or ethnic communities and had erected barriers to travel and trade, as well as sometimes triggering the needless slaughtering of animals. The WHO was founded in 1948 with the aim of protecting populations around the globe from the scourge of infectious disease.
Additive Used in U.S. Meat Production May Be Too Dangerous Even for Codex: An All-Creatures.org Vegan Health Article
The latest session of the U.N. Codex Alimentarius ended without final adoption of a maximum residue level for ractopamine, a feed additive widely used in pork and beef production. Although this is very good news for meat eaters, the U.S. delegation to Codex expressed disappointment in the commission’s decision to delay adoption of a minimum residue level for ractopamine, and urged that the review of information from China be completed by the Codex meeting in July, 2010. The National Pork Producers Council has been pushing the commission to adopt a minimum residue level for ractopamine, even though no evidence has surfaced to suggest its use is safe for animals or for the humans that consume products from animals bulked up with this drug. Ractopamine’s only benefit is to fatten up meat producers’ bottom lines. No long term studies documented the safety of ractopamine prior to its approval for hogs or cattle. Animals can dine on ractopamine laced feed right up until they enter the slaughtering chute. If a clearance period were required for ractopamine, the animals’ unnaturally produced weight gain would evaporate and so would the extra profits. Although there have been no long term studies of the effects of ractopamine in humans and no data exists to determine the outcome of long-term exposure to the chemical, short-term animal studies have shown destabilization of heart rate, reduced testicular and uterine weight, and heart weight increase. Ractopamine has not yet been studied after passage through animal livers in the form in which it would be present in the tissues of animals fed with it. There may be no clearing period required before turning ractopamine fed animals into dinner, but the Paylean label suggests significant hazards for humans using the substance. Imported meat is tested and turned away if traces of ractopamine are discovered. This is an industry admission that fully three weeks of clearance time is needed to export meat that will pass the standards of China for being ractopamine free, a conclusion that is inconsistent with the stance of Codex.
Antibiotic ‘last line of defence’ breached in China
Bacteria resistant to an antibiotic of last resort have been found in pigs, meat and a small number of hospital patients in China, setting off alarm bells for doctors and researchers. Scientists discovered bacteria with a gene that makes them resistant to an old antibiotic called colistin. For doctors, colistin is last line of defence against some infections. The Chinese researchers found the new resistance gene, called mcr-1, was easily spread by plasmids, a portable form of DNA. Prof. Jian-Hua Liu with the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou and his co-authors found the mcr-1 gene had the potential to spread to bacterial species such as Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which can cause diseases ranging from pneumonia to serious blood infections. In Wednesday’s online issue of the Lancet Infectious Diseases, the researchers report finding the gene in 166 of 804 pigs at slaughter across four provinces, and from pork and chicken sold in 30 open markets and 27 supermarkets in Guangzhou between 2011 and 2014. It was also found in 1 per cent of 1,322 samples they tested from hospitalized patients in China, which the researchers called a relatively low proportion. ‘Sorry, there is nothing I can do to cure your infection’. The links between agricultural use of colistin, colistin resistance in slaughtered animals, colistin resistance in food, and colistin resistance in humans are now complete, the pair said. China is one of the world’s largest users and producers of colistin for agriculture and veterinary use. Worldwide demand for the antibiotic in agriculture is expected to reach almost 12,000 tonnes per year by the end of 2015, rising to 16,500 tonnes by 2021, according to a 2015 report by the QYResearch Medical Research Centre. Lin and other doctors suggested people can do their part in curbing antibiotic resistance by only taking the drugs when prescribed, taking the full course and returning unused antibiotics to the pharmacy for proper disposal rather than fostering the spread of resistance genes among bacteria in the sewage system.