By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only


The Australian dairy industry is intentionally sending cows
afflicted with Johne's disease to the Middle East.

Down under dairymen have invented a new form of the classic
children's game, "Tag, You're It!"

Cows diagnosed with Johne's Disease have diarrhea and heavy
fecal shedding of bacteria. These diseased cows are infected
by mycobacterium paratuberculosis. These bacteria multiply
in milk, and are not destroyed by pasteurization.
Occasionally, the milkborne bacteria will begin to grow in
human hosts, and irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's

Why are the Australians doing this dastardly deed? Perhaps
they figure that those Arabs just don't know any better, so
why not? The desire for dollars betrays their act of
bioterrorism. This is a crime against mankind. Here's the
story as it apppeared in the Australian media:

This is what America's dairy farmers learned about Crohn's
and Johne's, having read this truth in the January 24, 1995
issue of Hoard's Dairyman:

"Johne's disease and Crohn's disease are remarkably similar
in clinical signs and intestinal pathology."

Apparantly, Arabs do not read the Journal of Clinical
Microbiology. The May 31, 1993 issue of that journal

"Mycobacterium paratuberculosis was isolated from tissue
taken from patients with Crohn's disease and is implicated
in the etiology of this disease."

The Australians must be keeping a stiff upper lip after
having read the February 1998 issue of the British Medical
Journal which revealed:

"Mycobacterium Paratuberculosis crosses the species barrier
to infect and cause disease in humans."

Arabs with Crohn's disease might find it easier to fertilize
their land, and turn a not so arable desert into a blooming
oasis. They will have Australian dairy farmers to thank for
this gift. What percentage of Crohn's victims are infected
with this bovine bacteria? In September of 1996, the
National Academy of Sciences published this bit of trivia:

"Mycobacterium paratuberculosis RNA was found in 100% of
Crohn's disease patients, compared with 0% of controls."

Cows infected with Johne's disease are at an epidemic
proportion in Australia. This past year, Australia has
shipped 20,000 cows to the Middle East. Nearly one-third of
Australian bovines are infected with this disease that can
be passed on to human milk consumers. You do the math.
Humans get irritable bowels by drinking infected milk from
these animals, then Crohn's disease.

This story needs to grow legs. This story needs your
participation. Please send it to a friend, and demand
justice. Ask that friend to send it to another friend so
that it travels the world wide web.

Yesterday (June 3, 2002), I contacted the embassy of the
United Arab Emirates (202-243-2400) and gave this
information to Sarah Fatassi. I have been assured that her
government will be taking this matter seriously. I also
spoke with Nasser Behbhehani of the Kuwaiti mission (202-
262-0758). Hopefully, both consulates will take this
important information back to their nations.

Robert Cohen author of:   MILK A-Z
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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