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From: TSS ()
Subject: MEDIA ADVISORY: USDA Chief Veterinarian Proposes Expansion Of BSE Minimal-Risk Rule
Date: January 4, 2007 at 9:53 am PST


----- Original Message -----
From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr.
To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
Cc: cjdvoice@yahoogroups.com ; BLOODCJD@YAHOOGROUPS.COM ; madcow@lists.iatp.org
Sent: Thursday, January 04, 2007 12:04 PM
Subject: USDA Chief Veterinarian Proposes Expansion Of BSE Minimal-Risk Rule and continued spreading of TSE globally


Karen Eggert (301) 734-7280
Jim Rogers (202) 690-4755

MEDIA ADVISORY: USDA Chief Veterinarian Proposes Expansion Of BSE Minimal-Risk Rule
WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2007--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief veterinarian, John Clifford, will hold an audio conference today from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. on a proposed rule that would allow older-aged cattle among other imports to enter the United States from minimal-risk countries. Reporters will be provided an opportunity to ask questions.

Conference call number: 866–4–USDACOM (866–487–3226).

If there are problems accessing the audio briefing please call: 877–855–4797.

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/content/2007/01/med-adv_bse_mrr.shtml

R-CALF USA v. USDA, et al., On Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Montana, D.C. No. CV-05-00006-RFC - Brief of Appellant December 26, 2006 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 94K)

see full text 60 pages ;

http://www.r-calfusa.com/BSE/MSJ%20App%20Merits%20Opening%20Brief.pdf

Docket No. 03-080-1 -- USDA ISSUES PROPOSED RULE TO ALLOW LIVE ANIMAL
IMPORTS FROM CANADA


https://web01.aphis.usda.gov/BSEcom.nsf/0/b78ba677e2b0c12185256dd300649f9d?OpenDocument&AutoFramed

OPINION

http://www.efsa.eu.int/science/biohaz/biohaz_opinions/1540/biohaz_op_ej359_qra_vertebral_column_en1.pdf


>>>New methodology, under the auspices of the OIE, is

under construction within the EU and EFSA and the Panel recommended that once these

classifications had been finalised they should harmonised with those used in the EFSA

BSE QRA guidance document. The Panel anticipated that this harmonisation may have a

knock-on impact on the QRA calculations, conclusions and recommendations and that,

again, future Panel members should review this, and other, inputs of the QRA and address

this impact using their “self-tasking mandate” option.<<<


GOD HELP US!


sample survey via oie for bse is about 400 test via 100 million cattle, if i am not mistaken. MOST countries that went

by these OIE guidelines all eventually went down with BSE. ...TSS


http://www.oie.int/downld/SC/2005/bse_2005.pdf


THE OIE has now shown they are nothing more than a National Trading Brokerage for all strains of animal TSE.

AS i said before, OIE should hang up there jock strap now, since it appears they will buckle every time a country

makes some political hay about trade protocol, commodities and futures. IF they are not going to be science based, they

should do everyone a favor and dissolve there organization. ...

Page 95 of 98

8/3/2006

WHAT ABOUT RISK FACTORS TO HUMANS FROM ALL OTHER TSEs, WITH RELATIONS TO SRMs ???

a.. BSE OIE

see full text ;

http://p079.ezboard.com/fwolftracksproductionsfrm2.showMessage?topicID=470.topic


IT'S as obvious as day and night, either Larry, Curley, and Mo have been at the helm of the

USDA/APHIS/FSIS/FDA/CDC/NIH et al for many many years, or the incompetence of these agencies are so inept,

either through ignorance and or just too overweight with industry reps., they then should be all done away with and a

single agency brought forth, and if not, how will you correct this ongoing problem ?


http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/Comments/2006-0011/2006-0011-1.pdf

http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0612&L=sanet-mg&T=0&P=20678


http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0611&L=sanet-mg&T=0&I=-3&P=3381

Subject: [Docket No. FSIS-2006-0011] FSIS Harvard Risk Assessment of Bovine
Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/Comments/2006-0011/2006-0011-1.pdf


THE OIE and GWs BSE MRR policy is nothing more than a legal tool to trade all strains of TSE globally, and that is exactly what is taking place, but there seems to be clustering going on in Canada of TSE, so why not go ahead and ship it down here ;

Three more cases of chronic wasting disease found in wild deer

Hunters and landowners help surveillance program

Edmonton... Alberta is now about half-way through testing for its 2006-07 chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance program. Three more cases of CWD in wild deer have been confirmed out of the 1,609 deer tested. This brings the total to 16 cases in wild deer in Alberta since the first case in September 2005.

The three new cases involve deer taken during the recent hunting season in areas being monitored for the disease by Sustainable Resource Development, Fish and Wildlife staff. A male mule deer from along the Red Deer River (wildlife management unit [WMU] 151) tested positive for the disease. Two female mule deer were taken west of Edgerton and south of Chauvin (in WMU 234).

One of these animals came from near previously known Alberta cases. The other two came from a high-risk area near Saskatchewan where positive wild and farmed deer have been found. Two of these latest cases were confirmed December 8, and the third (near Chauvin) on December 20.

Hunters and landowners have played a critical role in the success of the CWD control program. Many Alberta hunters have participated in the quota hunts, and landowners have allowed additional hunting on their property. Most seasons are closed now in the target areas, with the final licence season ending on January 15, 2007.

Hunters are reminded that submitting deer heads is a requirement in five wildlife management units along the Alberta/Saskatchewan border. These include WMUs 150, 151, 234, 256, and 500. Any heads taken in these areas and kept frozen since the animal was shot can still be dropped off at a Fish and Wildlife office or at one of the 24-hour freezers. Maps and information are posted at www.srd.gov.ab.ca/fw/diseases/.

Chronic wasting disease affects the nervous system; infected animals cannot maintain weight and slowly waste away. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that CWD can infect humans. As a precaution, the World Health Organization advises against allowing products from animals known to be infected with CWD into the human food system. The three hunters have been contacted and were offered various alternatives including a replacement tag or replacement meat.

- 30 -

Correction: replaces December 11 news release distributed in error this afternoon

Map attached.


http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200612/20922.pdf


http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200612/20922A6C2D375-F4E5-78CC-BC33B4BA29B031C5.html


Alberta’s CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE

MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS in 2006

and upcoming surveillance

M.J.Pybus, PhD, Provincial Wildlife Disease Specialist, Fish and Wildlife Division, Alberta Sustainable

Resource Development, Edmonton, on behalf of Alberta’s CWD team

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a chronic degenerative and ultimately fatal disease of cervids

(primarily deer and elk). It has the potential to eliminate local cervid populations and is considered a

significant threat to deer populations in Alberta. Through CWD surveillance and management activities

previous to 2006, two geographical areas were identified as potentially high risk for CWD incursion into

Alberta: the Dillberry Lake Provincial Park area south of Chauvin (in wildlife management unit [WMU]

234), and the region around the confluence of the Red Deer and South Saskatchewan rivers (in WMUs

150 and 151). At the end of 2005, four CWD-positive mule deer were identified in Alberta, all from the

latter region (see map). ...........


snip.......full text ;


http://www.srd.gov.ab.ca/fw/diseases/CWD/pdf/2006%20CWD%20report%20and%20upcoming%20surveillance.pdf

CWD MAP ALBERTA

http://www.srd.gov.ab.ca/fw/diseases/CWD/pdf/CWD_positive_Dec2006.pdf

BSE ALBERTA

2006-08-23 - BSE Confirmed in Alberta

2006-07-10 - Potential BSE Case in Alberta

2006-01-23 - BSE Detected in Alberta

2005-01-11 - New Case of BSE Detected

2005-01-02 - BSE Confirmed in Suspect Animal, Investigations Underway


http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/heasan/disemala/bseesb/newcome.shtml

Johanns must go, along with GWs and the OIE BSE MRR policy. IF the Democrats do not do away with this legal tool to trade all strains of TSE globally, it will raise serious questions in my mind as to if they really intend on changing things, in regards to mad cow disease and all TSE in the USA and all of North America. NOTHING about the BSE MRR policy is science-based, it's all about money. ...

TSS





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