Tuesday, June 19, 2007

More meat issues: Study finds link between foie gras and rare disease

A protein in foie gras can accelerate amyloidosis, a possibly deadly disease process, which occurs in TB and rheumatoid arthritis. The study found for the first time that amyloidosis, like mad cow, might be transmissible, although researchers also say that only certain people are high risks would be susceptible. "Perhaps people with a family history of Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or other amyloid-associated diseases should avoid consuming foie gras and other foods that may be contaminated with fibrils."