10 Unbelievable Facts About Mad Cow Disease

Mad Cow Disease, discovered in the 1980s, sparks a frenzy among meat eaters all over the world every time a new case is discovered. Despite the subsequent media attention, the disease is actually rare in North America and the chance of contracting it is low. A number of facts go unnoticed when the scare is heightened, but instead of adding to the fear factor, we are here to explain some myths and reveal the truth.

10. Steak Is Safe

Humans will not contract Mad Cow Disease by eating hamburger or steak, nor drinking the milk of a diseased cow. The vCJD version can infect a person if he or she eats the nerve tissue from the brains or spinal cord of an infected cow, but generally, those products are not widely available on grocery store shelves. Red meat is typically pulled from stores as soon as an outbreak is announced.