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Fate of sympathetic trunk ganglia after cutting in German meat plants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18095453     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To minimize risks from pathogenic prion proteins, particular tissues from bovines and other ruminants have been declared specified risk materials (SRMs), which are required to be removed from the food chain. However, in particular for the sympathetic trunk (ST) as a part of the autonomous nervous system (ANS), which represents a potential transfer route for abnormal prion proteins (PrP(Sc)), this is not the case. Consequently, its destination during cutting procedures deserves attention. In this survey, the handling of the ST in beef cutting plants was recorded during ongoing work. To ease these observations, the ST was separated into five parts, and eight destinations for cuts were identified. By means of an observation sheet, the destination of the respective tissue was recorded. About one-third of the ST went into human consumption, another one-third was disposed of as SRMs, and the last one-third was used for nonfood purposes or disposed of. The rear thoracic and sacral ganglia primarily remained naturally connected to the bones going as SRMs. The stellate, front thoracic, and lumbar ganglia went in a different percent into the food chain. Frequently, workers in the same plant decided differently, even from case to case, on the destination of the tissue, which indicates a lack of standardization.
K Piske; G Arndt; S Buda; K D Budras; T Eggers; R Fries
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of food protection     Volume:  70     ISSN:  0362-028X     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Food Prot.     Publication Date:  2007 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-12-21     Completed Date:  2008-04-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7703944     Medline TA:  J Food Prot     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2906-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Meat Hygiene and Technology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Freie Universität of Berlin, Oertzenweg 19b, D 14163 Berlin, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Autonomic Nervous System / anatomy & histology,  physiology
Consumer Product Safety
Encephalopathy, Bovine Spongiform / transmission*
Food Chain
Food-Processing Industry / methods*,  standards*
PrPSc Proteins / isolation & purification*
Prion Diseases / transmission*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/PrPSc Proteins

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