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From: TSS ()
Subject: New case of mad cow disease in Poland
Date: December 28, 2005 at 10:20 am PST

AFX News Limited
New case of mad cow disease in Poland
12.28.2005, 02:36 AM

WARSAW (AFX) - A new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, has been detected in Poland, the country's veterinary service said.

The head of the national veterinary service, Krzysztof Jazdzewski, said that the infected animal was found on a farm in the northwest of the country and had been put down.

'The disease was detected on a farm with a total of 18 animals. Eight of them have been identified as exposed to risk (of contamination) and have been killed,' he said.

There have been more than 22 cases of mad cow disease in Poland since it began testing for BSE in 2001.

newsdesk@afxnews.com

afp/jsa

http://www.forbes.com/afxnewslimited/feeds/afx/2005/12/28/afx2416658.html

# Docket No: 02-088-1 RE-Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of
2002; [TSS SUBMISSION ON POTENTIAL FOR BSE/TSE & FMD 'SUITCASE BOMBS'] -
TSS 1/27/03 (0)

Docket Management

Docket: 02N-0276 - Bioterrorism Preparedness; Registration of Food Facilities, Section 305
Comment Number: EC-254 [TSS SUBMISSION]

http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/02n0276/02N-0276-EC-254.htm

snip...


Comment Record
Commentor Mr. Terry Singeltary Date/Time 2003-04-08 10:36:55
Organization CJD WATCH
Category Individual


more on non-species coding system and TSEs and potential 'suitcase bombs';


To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
Subject: Re: POLAND FINDS 4TH MAD COW CASE/USA IMPORTS FROM POLAND/non-species coding system strikes again
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Greetings again List Members,


let me kick a madcow around here a bit. on the imports from Poland and the infamous USA 'non-species' coding system. the USDA/APHIS states;


> During the past four years (1998 - 2001), US imports from

> Poland included non-species specific animal products

> used in animal feeds and non-species specific sausage and offal

> products (Table 3). Given US restrictions on ruminant product

> imports, these US imports should not have contained ruminant

> material.


NOW, if you read Polands GBR risk assessment and opinion on BSE, especially _cross-contamination_, it states;


ANNEX 1 Poland - Summary of the GBR-Assessment, February 2001 EXTERNAL CHALLENGE STABILITY INTERACTION OF EXTERNAL CHALLENGE AND STABILITY The very high to extremely high external challenge met a very unstable system and could have led to contamination of domestic cattle in Poland from 1987 onwards. This internal challenge again met the still very unstable system and increased over time. The continuing very high external challenge supported this development. Not OK MBM-ban since 1997, but no feed controls. Reasonably OK Heat treatment equivalent to 133°C / 20min / 3 bar standards, but no evidence provided on compliance. Not OK. No SRM-ban, SRM are rendered and included in cattle feed. BSE surveillance: Not sufficient before 2001. Cross-contamination: Lines for ruminant and non-ruminant feed in feed-mills only separated in time and no analytical controls carried out. Likely present since 1987 and growing. see full text and ANNEX 1 at;


http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/fs/sc/ssc/out185_en.pdf


so in my humble opinion, the statement by the USDA/APHIS that ''these US imports _should_ not have contained ruminant materials, is a joke. a sad joke indeed.


* POLAND BSE GBR RISK ASSESSMENT http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/fs/sc/ssc/out185_en.pdf

snip...

http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/02n0276/02N-0276-EC-254.htm

> so in my humble opinion,


this was 2003, remember, in 2006 TSS has no opinion (new years resolution;-)


TSS






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