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From: TSS ()
Subject: Re: BSE CONFIRMED IN ALBERTA February 7, 2007
Date: February 8, 2007 at 9:25 am PST

In Reply to: BSE CONFIRMED IN ALBERTA February 7, 2007 posted by TSS on February 7, 2007 at 5:03 pm:

JOHANNS AND HIS CLOWNS ARE SENDING BSE ''EXPERT'' TO CANADA

probably to better educate them on ''cover-ups'' of TSE. ...TSS

http://www.usda.gov/2007/02/0031.xml


Release No. 0031.07
Contact:
Keith Williams (202) 720-4623


STATEMENT BY AGRICULTURE SECRETARY MIKE JOHANNS REGARDING A NEW DETECTION OF
BSE IN CANADA

February 8, 2007

"Last night, Canada announced a detection of BSE in a mature bull from
Alberta, Canada. I have visited with Canada's Minister of Agriculture, Chuck
Strahl, who welcomes our participation in the investigation. I am
dispatching a USDA expert to Canada for that purpose.

Based on what is known at this time, I would not expect this Canadian
detection to impact our trade with Canada. Regarding the proposed minimal
risk rule that specifies additional movement of cattle and beef into the
United States, we remain in an open comment period until March 12, 2007.
While the risk assessment for the proposed rule factors in the possibility
of additional cases, the open comment period allows for consideration of
additional information that might result from this investigation."

#
USDA News
oc.news@usda.gov
202 720-4623

TSS


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement
May 4, 2004


Media Inquiries: 301-827-6242
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

Statement on Texas Cow With Central Nervous System Symptoms

On Friday, April 30 th , the Food and Drug Administration learned that a cow
with central nervous system symptoms had been killed and shipped to a
processor for rendering into animal protein for use in animal feed.

FDA, which is responsible for the safety of animal feed, immediately began
an investigation. On Friday and throughout the weekend, FDA investigators
inspected the slaughterhouse, the rendering facility, the farm where the
animal came from, and the processor that initially received the cow from the
slaughterhouse.

FDA's investigation showed that the animal in question had already been
rendered into "meat and bone meal" (a type of protein animal feed). Over the
weekend FDA was able to track down all the implicated material. That
material is being held by the firm, which is cooperating fully with FDA.

Cattle with central nervous system symptoms are of particular interest
because cattle with bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE, also known as
"mad cow disease," can exhibit such symptoms. In this case, there is no way
now to test for BSE. But even if the cow had BSE, FDA's animal feed rule
would prohibit the feeding of its rendered protein to other ruminant animals
(e.g., cows, goats, sheep, bison).

FDA is sending a letter to the firm summarizing its findings and informing
the firm that FDA will not object to use of this material in swine feed
only. If it is not used in swine feed, this material will be destroyed. Pigs
have been shown not to be susceptible to BSE. If the firm agrees to use the
material for swine feed only, FDA will track the material all the way
through the supply chain from the processor to the farm to ensure that the
feed is properly monitored and used only as feed for pigs.

To protect the U.S. against BSE, FDA works to keep certain mammalian protein
out of animal feed for cattle and other ruminant animals. FDA established
its animal feed rule in 1997 after the BSE epidemic in the U.K. showed that
the disease spreads by feeding infected ruminant protein to cattle.

Under the current regulation, the material from this Texas cow is not
allowed in feed for cattle or other ruminant animals. FDA's action
specifying that the material go only into swine feed means also that it will
not be fed to poultry.

FDA is committed to protecting the U.S. from BSE and collaborates closely
with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on all BSE issues. The animal feed
rule provides crucial protection against the spread of BSE, but it is only
one of several such firewalls. FDA will soon be improving the animal feed
rule, to make this strong system even stronger.

####

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/news/2004/NEW01061.html


TEXAS BOVINE DISEASE CARCASS DISPOSAL METHOD


“Anthrax is under-reported, because many ranchers in this area automatically
dispose
of carcasses and vaccinate livestock when they find dead animals that are
bloated or
bloody--common signs of the disease,” said Dr. Fancher.


http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/news/pr/2005/2005Jul_Anthrax_Confirmed_in_SuttonCty.pdf

OIG REPORT ON USDA AND HOW NOT TO FIND BSE
Submitted by flounder on Tue, 06/06/2006 - 13:05.

USDA 2004 ENHANCED BSE SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM AND HOW NOT TO FIND BSE CASES
(OFFICIAL DRAFT OIG REPORT)

snip...

CATTLE With CNS Symptoms Were NOT Always Tested

snip...

Between FYs 2002 and 2004, FSIS condemned 680 cattle of all ages due to CNS
symptoms. About 357 of these could be classified as adult. We could validate
that ONLY 162 were tested for BSE (per APHIS records. ...

snip...

WE interviewed officials at five laboratories that test for rabies. Those
officials CONFIRMED THEY ARE NOT REQUIRED TO SUBMIT RABIES-NEGATIVE SAMPLES
TO APHIS FOR BSE TESTING. A South Dakota laboratory official said they were
not aware they could submit rabies-negative samples to APHIS for BSE
testing. A laboratory official in another State said all rabies-negative
cases were not submitted to APHIS because BSE was ''NOT ON THEIR RADAR
SCREEN." Officials from New York, Wisconsin, TEXAS, and Iowa advised they
would NOT submit samples from animals they consider too young. Four of the
five States contacted defined this age as 24 months; Wisconsin defined it as
30 months. TEXAS officials also advised that they do not always have
sufficient tissue remaining to submit a BSE sample. ...

snip...

FULL TEXT 54 PAGES OF HOW NOT TO FIND BSE IN USA ;


http://www.house.gov/reform/min/pdfs_108_2/pdfs_inves/pdf_food_usda_mad_cow_july_13_ig_rep.pdf


REMINDER, CATTLE ON FEED IN TEXAS


IN TEXAS, cattle on feed for decades, fda says 5.5 grams ruminant protein,
if tainted with TSE, is not enough to kill a cow. actually, it's enough to
kill 100+ cows ;-)

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2001/NEW00752.html

TSS



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