FIGURE 6-1. Reported frequency of food consumption, odds ratio of vCJD cases versus general population controls.

FIGURE 6-1Reported frequency of food consumption, odds ratio of vCJD cases versus general population controls

Results of this case-controlled study suggest that people with vCJD consumed foods likely to contain bovine mechanically recovered meat (MRM) and bovine head meat (sausages, burgers, and pies) more frequently than as compared with the general population. Such meats are more prone to contamination with central nervous system tissue, and therefore—if the bovine source was infected with BSE—higher concentrations of prions. It should be noted, however, that because consumption rates were self-reported, they may reflect recall bias (see text).

SOURCE: Adapted from Ward et al. (2006).

From: 6, Reporting Foodborne Threats: The Case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)

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