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Europe taps American Emu Association for help during crisis

DALLAS, TX---With the possibility of foot-and-mouth disease spreading across the European continent, some countries have turned to the American Emu Association for help.

“We have received requests for emu meat from the Austrian embassy and from food distributors in Spain,” said Neil Williams, president of the American Emu Association. “We are in the process of developing the logistics to deliver meat to those countries facing shortages due to the foot-and-mouth disease crisis.”

Foot-and-mouth disease became rampant through the British countryside earlier this year and has spread to France despite efforts to stop the onslaught. The disease is not a threat to humans and emus are not susceptible. It does affects pigs, cattle, goats, sheep and deer. The virus is easily transmitted, carried on clothing and in the wind.

By mid-March, more than 300,000 head of cattle, sheep and pigs had been slaughtered in the UK due to contamination. Britain’s National Farmers’ Union forecast up to 1 million animals could be destroyed as the outbreak spreads.

And as herds of livestock are being decimated in the UK, consumers and importers of beef, port and mutton are also affected. Countries like Spain and Austria are beginning to look at alternatives to prevent soaring costs at the meat market. One such alternative is the lean, red meat of the emu.

Emu is similar in taste and texture to beef. The American Heart Association recognizes emu meat as a ‘heart-healthy’ alternative and it is also a “Zone-permitted” meat recommended by Dr. Barry Sears, author of “The Zone Diet,”

According to a University of Wisconsin-Madison meat study conducted in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture last year, ground emu meat was reported to be lowest in fat and highest in protein of all alternative meats, such as venison, bison and elk as well as chicken and turkey. In addition, emu is a natural, free-range meat, grown without growth hormones and antibiotics.

“AEA members are preparing to assist the Europeans by shipping emu meat that is USDA-inspected and then processed, packaged and frozen,” Williams said. “Emu meat can be prepared in any dish that calls for ground beef or traditional steak, fillet or medallion cuts and is easily adapted to the European or any other menu”

For additional information, call the AEA at 800-304-8768 or visit their Web site at http://www.aea-emu.org 

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