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From: TSS ()
Subject: BSE MRR, FTA, SENATORS, and nothing like force feeding another country USDA/FDA certified TSEs, including BASE
Date: February 12, 2007 at 7:25 pm PST

2007/02/10 09:47 KST

U.S. senator urges Korea to resume imports of all American beef products
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) -- A senior U.S. senator on Friday again warned that the Congress cannot fully support a free trade agreement (FTA) with South Korea unless Seoul promptly resumes imports of American beef.

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana) told visiting South Korean lawmakers that he opposes extension of a U.S. legislation that could give extra negotiation time for the FTA.

"I realize that the position of the U.S. political community about South Korea's rejection of beef imports is definitely more serious than we felt in Seoul," Rep. Kim Won-woong said.

Kim was leading South Korea's delegation of foreign affairs and trade committee members.

The senator, who comes from one of the largest beef-producing states in the U.S., emphasized that South Korea needs to import not only boneless products as agreed but ultimately all products, Kim said.

After banning American beef for over a year following an outbreak of mad cow disease at a U.S. cattle farm, South Korea agreed to allow in boneless products but maintained the ban on bone-in beef.

But Seoul turned away all three U.S. shipments that arrived since then after finding bone fragments in the meat. The U.S. said the fragments pose no health risks and accused the Asian trading partner of breaking its promise.

The feud arose as the two countries are nearing a deadline to wrap up the FTA negotiations. In order to benefit from the U.S. trade promotion authority (TPA), the talks have to be completed by the end of March.

President George W. Bush has asked the Congress to extend the TPA, but Baucus told South Korean legislators that he opposed the request.

The TPA requires the Congress to vote yes or no on trade agreements without seeking amendments. The legislation expires in July.

Kim said his delegation reassured the senator that South Korea will keep its promise to import boneless beef and that technical questions have to be resolved first.

ldm@yna.co.kr


END

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/Engnews/20070210/610000000020070210094738E5.html





Jan 4, 2007 USDA Proposes to Allow Additional Imports From BSE Minimal-Risk Countries


http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2007/01/0001.xml

• Transcript


http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2007/01/0002.xml

• Docket


http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/hot_issues/bse/downloads/Docket2006-0041.pdf



• Risk Assessment


http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/hot_issues/bse/downloads/RiskAssessment06-041-1%20.pdf

– Estimation of BSE Prevalence in Canada


http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/hot_issues/bse/downloads/BSE_Prevalence.pdf

– Harvard Model of BSE Implications


http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/hot_issues/bse/downloads/HarvardModel06-041-1.pdf



Suppressed peer review of Harvard study October 31, 2002.

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oa/topics/BSE_Peer_Review.pdf

[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


• Environmental Assessment



http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/hot_issues/bse/downloads/EnvironmentalAssessment10-27-2006.pdf

• Economic Analysis


http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/hot_issues/bse/downloads/EconomicAnalysisAPHIS-2006-0041.pdf


Jan 4, 2007 MEDIA ADVISORY: USDA Chief Veterinarian Proposes Expansion Of BSE Minimal-Risk Rule


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



Nov 13, 2006 Statement By Deputy Under Secretary Of Marketing & Regulatory Programs Chuck Lambert Regarding Status Of Beef Trade With South Korea



http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2006/11/0444.xml




BSE MRR 2

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/hot_issues/bse/downloads/RiskAssessment06-041-1%20.pdf


[Docket No. 03-025IFA] FSIS Prohibition of the Use of Specified Risk
Materials for Human Food and Requirement for the Disposition of
Non-Ambulatory Disabled Cattle 03-025IFA 03-025IFA-2 9/13/2005

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/Comments/03-025IFA/03-025IFA-2.pdf



THE SEVEN SCIENTIST REPORT ***


http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/02n0273/02n-0273-EC244-Attach-1.pdf


PAUL BROWN M.D.

http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/02n0273/02n-0273-c000490-vol40.pdf


9 December 2005
Division of Dockets Management (RFA-305)

SEROLOGICALS CORPORATION
James J. Kramer, Ph.D.
Vice President, Corporate Operations

http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/02n0273/02n-0273-c000383-01-vol35.pdf

Embassy of Japan
http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/02n0273/02N-0273-EC240.htm

Dockets Entered on December 22, 2005
2005D-0330, Guidance for Industry and FDA Review Staff on Collection of
Platelets
by Automated ... EC 203, McDonald's Restaurants Corporation, Vol #:, 34 ...
http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/05/Dec05/122205/122205.htm


03-025IF 03-025IF-631 Linda A. Detwiler [PDF]
Page 1. 03-025IF 03-025IF-631 Linda A. Detwiler Page 2. Page 3. Page 4.
Page 5. Page 6. Page 7. Page 8. Page 9. Page 10. Page 11. Page 12.
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/Comments/03-025IF/03-025IF-631.pdf


03-025IF 03-025IF-634 Linda A. Detwiler [PDF]
Page 1. 03-025IF 03-025IF-634 Linda A. Detwiler Page 2.
Page 3. Page 4. Page 5. Page 6. Page 7. Page 8.
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/Comments/03-025IF/03-025IF-634.pdf


Page 1 of 17 9/13/2005 [PDF]
... 2005 6:17 PM To: fsis.regulationscomments@fsis.usda.gov Subject: [Docket
No. 03-025IFA]
FSIS Prohibition of the Use of Specified Risk Materials for Human Food ...
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/Comments/03-025IFA/03-025IFA-2.pdf

03-025IFA 03-025IFA-6 Jason Frost [PDF]
... Zealand Embassy COMMENTS ON FEDERAL REGISTER 9 CFR Parts 309 et al
[Docket No. 03-
025IF] Prohibition of the Use of Specified Risk Materials for Human Food and
...
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/Comments/03-025IFA/03-025IFA-6.pdf


In its opinion of 7-8 December 2000 (EC 2000), the SSC ... [PDF]
Page 1. Linda A. Detwiler, DVM 225 Hwy 35 Red Bank, New Jersey 07701 Phone:
732-741-2290
Cell: 732-580-9391 Fax: 732-741-7751 June 22, 2005 FSIS Docket Clerk US ...

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/Comments/03-025IF/03-025IF-589.pdf


3. Mad Cow Disease: FDA's Management of the Feed Ban Has Improved,
but Oversight Weaknesses Continue to Limit Program Effectiveness.
GAO-05-101, Feb. 25.
www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-05-101
Highlights - www.gao.gov/highlights/d05101high.pdf




BSE; MRR; IMPORTATION OF LIVE BOVINES AND PRODUCTS
DERIVED FROM BOVINES [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0041] RIN 0579-AC01


FULL TEXT URL @

http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0701&L=sanet-mg&T=0&P=8374

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

OUTLOOK 07: US Pins Hope Of MAD COW Beef Trade On Safety
Status from OIE (GOD HELP US)


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

NATURE NEWS BLOG

http://blogs.nature.com/news/blog/2006/06/cjdrelated_disease_can_incubat.html

4th CASE VCJD VIA BLOOD TRANSFUSION, BSE, BASE, AND SPORADIC CJD
By Terry S Singeltary PART I

http://bloodindex.org/view_news_zone.php?id=206

4th CASE VCJD VIA BLOOD TRANSFUSION, BSE, BASE, AND SPORADIC CJD
By Terry S Singeltary PART II

http://bloodindex.org/view_news_zone.php?id=207


THE WAY IT WAS BEFORE GWs BSE MRR POLICY, before the USA had documented BSE ;

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


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


U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
U. S. Food and Drug Administration
Office of Regulatory Affairs
May 20, 2003

Summary of ORA BSE Import Bulletin 99B-14

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has alerted its import field offices
to the potential importation of human food products and nutritional
supplements containing ruminant material from BSE-affected or at-risk
countries as determined by United States Department of Agriculture
(USDA)/Animal, Plant Health and Inspection Service (APHIS). The current
action is a followup to an earlier FDA alert issued in January 2000
regarding bulk shipments of high risk bovine tissues from these same
countries. An expanded list of products at issue and a list of the current
BSE-affected countries is set out below.

USDA/APHIS has prohibited the importation into the United States of all
edible ruminant products from Europe, Oman, and other BSE-affected
countries. The Import Bulletin will facilitate FDA's careful review of all
imports of FDA-regulated products to ensure coordination with APHIS on the
prohibitions. FDA's review will include evaluation of product ingredient
lists to determine whether the products offered for import contain certain
ruminant materials. Products that appear to contain ruminant material from
the identified countries will be referred to APHIS for disposition.

PRODUCTS
Any products containing ruminant material such as (but not limited to):
Cheese products containing meat of ruminant origin
Ruminant meat products
Poultry products containing or processed with ruminant products
Rennet from ruminant animals
Pie fillings containing or processed with ruminant products
Multiple ingredient food products (soups, stews, sandwiches, mixed dinners,
etc.) containing or processed with ruminant products
Baby foods, geriatric foods, and dietary foods containing or processed with
ruminant products
Vitamins, minerals, proteins, and other dietary supplements that contain or
have been processed with ruminant material
Food additives (emulsifiers, enzymes, flavor enhancers, etc.) containing or
processed with ruminant materials
Botanicals containing or processed with ruminant materials
Animal by-products and extracts for human use
BSE-AFFECTED OR AT-RISK COUNTRIES
ALBANIA (AL)
ANDORRA (AD)
AUSTRIA (AT)
BELGIUM (BE)
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (BA)
BULGARIA (BG)
CANADA (CA)
CROATIA (HR)
CZECH REPUBLIC (CS)
DENMARK (DK)
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA (YU)
FINLAND (FI)
FRANCE (FR)
GERMANY (DE)
GREECE (GR)
HUNGARY (HU)
IRELAND, REPUBLIC of (IE)
ISRAEL (IL)
ITALY (IT)
JAPAN (JP)
LIECHTENSTEIN
LUXEMBOURG (LU)
MACEDONIA, the former YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC of (MK)
MONACO (MC)
NETHERLANDS (NL)
NORWAY (NO)
OMAN (OM)
POLAND (PL)
PORTUGAL (PT)
ROMANIA (RO)
SAN MARINO (SM)
SLOVAK REPUBLIC (SLOVAKIA) (SK)
SLOVENIA (SI)
SPAIN (ES)
SWEDEN (SE)
SWITZERLAND (CH)
UNITED KINGDOM (Great Britain including Northern Ireland, and Falkland
Islands) (GB)

http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~comm/bseimpor.html


TSS






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