Mad Cow Scare Now Hurting State Potato Industry

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  1. little mom

    little mom Active Member

    Aug 26, 2003

    Mad Cow Scare Now Hurting
    State Potato Industry
    By Carleen Johnson

    SEATTLE - Another unexpected spin-off from the mad cow scare, could spell bad news for more than just the beef industry.

    Washington state potatoes are now being held hostage by Asian markets.

    The problem is beef tallow, which is used to pre-fry some potato products like french fries, before they are packaged and shipped overseas.

    Some Asian markets, which have already banned U.S. beef, are now holding up or refusing shipments of potato products, thinking the beef tallow might be unsafe because of the mad cow scare.

    "Japan is our number one export market frozen french fries, so yes, it is a concern," said Shannon Bornsen, the director of International Trade at the Washington State Potato Commission.

    But Bornsen says there is no evidence beef tallow can transmit mad cow disease, but they have work to do in convincing their customers of that.

    At risk is an export market for frozen potato products that brought in $225 million for Northwest exporters last year.

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  2. Sharon in NY

    Sharon in NY Well-Known Member

    May 11, 2002
    While I definitely have sympathy for potato farmers, can we just "eeeewwwww!" at pre-fried tallow laced french fries :p ?


  3. eeeewwwww!
  4. Bob in WI

    Bob in WI Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2002
    Western WI
    French fries are pretty much junk food no matter what kind of oil you fry them in. I can't see how they could have much nutritional value after the frying. Only more empty calories and fat.
  5. caroline00

    caroline00 Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    I'll have to join in on the ewww on the tallow laced taters