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Brain sandwiches are still on the menu in Evansville.

In this southern Indiana river city piumini moncler saldi and the surrounding area, folks such as Volkman pride themselves on the local cuisine and their love of brain sandwiches, a delicacy passed down through the generations from German ancestors who settled here.

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Across America, beef consumption appears to be holding steady as people refuse to panic, and nowhere is that more evident than in moncler outlet online uomo Evansville.

But food safety is creeping into local conversation since news broke that a Holstein cow in Washington state tested positive last moncler outlet serravalle month for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE.

Cattle brains, spinal cords and lower intestines can contain abnormal proteins piumini moncler called prions that can cause BSE. It is thought that humans who eat brain or moncler donna spinal material from an infected cow can develop variant Creutzfeldt Jakob disease, a brain wasting illness. Department of Agriculture recently announced that it will ban from piumini moncler outlet the food supply brains and spinal tissue of cattle older than 30 months.

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What advice would Roos moncler outlet online shop offer to someone contemplating eating a brain sandwich for the first time?

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In Evansville, the clientele and staff are not ready to give up their brain sandwiches at the Hilltop, housed in a 19th century stagecoach inn where the piumini moncler uomo lighting is low, the sturdy oak bar is busy and fried goodies such as fish and chicken are piled high on plates.

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At $5.50 an order, the jumbo brain sandwich is a steady seller, Snyder said. The restaurant outlet moncler goes through about 150 moncler bambino saldi pounds of brains a week. When prices rise, as they did a few years back, Snyder makes bulk purchases.

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Snyder, who eats a brain sandwich a month, said he is closely monitoring the mad cow disease reports but remains confident in his food supply.

“My customers are all aware of the situation, but they’re not concerned,” he said. “If there was anything I felt uncomfortable about, I’d stop serving them. I eat them, too.”

moncler outlet serravalle Randy Graves, a Hilltop Inn cook, doesn’t eat the sandwiches. But he has no problem ladling out the pink glutinous brain batter from a bucket moncler outlet serravalle.