Meat and Bone Meal is Safe for Aquaculture Feeds

July 25, 2009 | Recently, there has been speculation about the safety of eating farmed fish that have been fed meat and bone meal rendered from cattle because farmed fish could be infected by prions, the causative agents of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). The speculation has arisen from an article written by Dr. Robert P. Friedland and published in the June 2009 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. In the journal, Friedland states, “We have not proven that it’s possible for fish to transmit the disease to humans. Still, we believe that out of reasonable caution for public health, the practice of feeding rendered cows to fish should be prohibited,”

As a rebuttal, Dr. Sergio Nates, president, Fats and Proteins Research Foundation, headed up the drafting of a response, “Fish and Prions: Meat and Bone Meal is Safe For Aquaculture Feeds.”