Is It Safe To Eat Cow's Brain And Eye?


Animal brains are considered delicacy for some individuals. While others can’t even have a taste, including me. I still remember the featured stories on television. A popular restaurant is using animal brains as ingredients for their lugaw. This brain rice porridge is their best seller.

Another is the brain recipe developed by Irene Abay, the tuslob bua or sauteed pig brains and liver. She has a small karinderya in front of her house. Lots of customers want to eat her self invented recipe.

There is no health issues about eating pig brains but eating cow’s brains have a documented risks. Not just brains. Eating other cow’s meat part might be hazardous.

Some cattle parts are considered,”specified risk materials”. Those parts are known to contain prion causing Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, the mad cow disease). The illness is transferable to humans in form of Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease through consumption of contaminated meat. The disease is irreversible and always fatal. Still no cure as of date.

Scared? Please do not eat these parts to avoid the scary disease!

1) Tonsils
2) A part of small intestine, the distal liteum. Perhaps the whole small intestine should be discarded.
3) Brain
4) Eyes
5) Skull and the trigreminal ganglia within
6) Spinal cord
7) Vertebral column. Vertebrae of tail, transverse process of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae and the wings of sacrum are exempted.
8) Dorsal root within the vertebral column. It might be better to discard the whole vertebral column

Items 3 to 8 are from cattle 30 months of age and older.

specified risks materials

Is it still safe to eat cow’s meat?

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