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From: TSS ()
Subject: Transcript Remarks Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (THICKER THAN THIEVES)
Date: March 30, 2007 at 7:29 pm PST



Release No. 0083.07
Contact:
Office of Communications (202) 720-4623

Transcript of Remarks by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association

Washington D.C. - March 29, 2007

Thank you very much. I appreciate that nice warm welcome. You know what? This is great. Every time I talk to the cattlemen I see Nebraskans right up in the front part. Yeah..way to go. We're glad to see you. John, thank you for that nice introduction. I am going to visit with you a little bit today and offer some insights into some things that we are doing. But I want to cue this up at the start I would be happy to take any questions when I'm done. So if I say anything here that turns on the light bulb in your head keep track of the question and like I said I'll be happy to take questions at the end. Well it is great to welcome you to Washington. Don't exactly know why you are sitting in this room because it's a beautiful day outside. You should be outside enjoying the sites. But I am glad you're here. I heard the President gave a great speech yesterday. In fact I spoke to some people who were kind of in the front rows and they said, "Man was he warmed up!"


He got a huge amount of attention yesterday. I wanted to see what he said to you folks so I turned on the news and all day yesterday -you were probably in meetings so you didn't catch it-but they were leading the news with the fact that the President of the United States talked to the beef industry or the cattlemen. So, boy, you got a lot of free advertising yesterday.


The President, as you know is just a great supporter of agriculture. I have to tell you I respect this guy so much. In my job I get in front of him a lot and every time I see him he wants to know how you folks are doing, what's happening in agriculture. He'll ask me about prices, he wants to know what the cattle price is and this and that. But what I've always said about George Bush is that when you sit down with him, I don't have to give him a 20 minute briefing on what's going on. He knows agriculture but that's obvious he comes from a very large agricultural state. But he is a big fan of yours. He's especially a big fan of the cattlemen across the country.

I know he visited with you about Iraq and the economy and he shared a few thoughts on trade.


So I thought what I would do today is take a few minutes of your time and offer my own thoughts on some of those areas.

We have been working hard over the last few years to restore broad access to export markets for American beef that was disrupted by the discovery of that one animal in Dec. 03. Today more than 100 markets around the world are open to U.S. beef and since 2004 we have reopened or maintained access to more than 40 markets which were at risk. Last year we increased our beef exports by 50 percent and that's up in the $2 billion range. That's not where we want it to be but we can see the trend is in the right direction.

That's progress, but there is still plenty of ground to make up relative to our beef exports. We not only want to get them back to the level where they were a few years ago but we want to go beyond that.

I would tell you that in May, we do expect the International Animal Health Organization, or as we refer to it the OIE will assign to the United States status relative to BSE. We think it will be "controlled risk". I'll just tell you that straight. We are working with them very well and that would be a very positive step for us.


At that point we will ask our trading partners to accept OIE's import requirements and start accepting the full range of our fresh meat and meat products from animals of all ages.


(and all there different phenotypes of TSE i.e. mad cow disease's. ...TSS)

http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB/.cmd/ad/.ar/sa.retrievecontent/.c/6_2_1UH/.ce/7_2_5JM/.p/5_2_4TQ/.d/3/_th/J_2_9D/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?PC_7_2_5JM_contentid=2007%2F03%2F0083.xml&PC_7_2_5JM_parentnav=TRANSCRIPTS_SPEECHES&PC_7_2_5JM_navid=TRANSCRIPT#7_2_5JM

USA MAD COW STRAIN MORE VIRULENT TO HUMANS THAN UK STRAIN


18 January 2007 - Draft minutes of the SEAC 95 meeting (426 KB) held on 7
December 2006 are now available.


snip...

64. A member noted that at the recent Neuroprion meeting, a study was
presented showing that in transgenic mice BSE passaged in sheep may be more
virulent and infectious to a wider range of species than bovine derived BSE.

Other work presented suggested that BSE and bovine amyloidotic spongiform
encephalopathy (BASE) MAY BE RELATED. A mutation had been identified in the
prion protein gene in an AMERICAN BASE CASE THAT WAS SIMILAR IN NATURE TO A
MUTATION FOUND IN CASES OF SPORADIC CJD.


snip...

http://www.seac.gov.uk/minutes/95.pdf


3:30 Transmission of the Italian Atypical BSE (BASE) in Humanized Mouse

Models Qingzhong Kong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pathology, Case Western Reserve
University

Bovine Amyloid Spongiform Encephalopathy (BASE) is an atypical BSE strain
discovered recently in Italy, and similar or different atypical BSE cases
were also reported in other countries. The infectivity and phenotypes of
these atypical BSE strains in humans are unknown. In collaboration with
Pierluigi Gambetti, as well as Maria Caramelli and her co-workers, we have
inoculated transgenic mice expressing human prion protein with brain
homogenates from BASE or BSE infected cattle. Our data shows that about half
of the BASE-inoculated mice became infected with an average incubation time
of about 19 months; in contrast, none of the BSE-inoculated mice appear to
be infected after more than 2 years.

***These results indicate that BASE is transmissible to humans and suggest that BASE is more virulent than
classical BSE in humans.***


6:30 Close of Day One


http://www.healthtech.com/2007/tse/day1.asp


SEE STEADY INCREASE IN SPORADIC CJD IN THE USA FROM
1997 TO 2006. SPORADIC CJD CASES TRIPLED, with phenotype
of 'UNKNOWN' strain growing. ...


http://www.cjdsurveillance.com/resources-casereport.html

There is a growing number of human CJD cases, and they were presented last
week in San Francisco by Luigi Gambatti(?) from his CJD surveillance
collection.

He estimates that it may be up to 14 or 15 persons which display selectively
SPRPSC and practically no detected RPRPSC proteins.


http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/06/transcripts/1006-4240t1.htm


http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/06/transcripts/2006-4240t1.pdf


Subject: Re: Docket No. 2005N-0373 RIN number 0910-AF54 TSS SUBMISSION
Date: March 30, 2007 at 10:57 am PST

http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0703&L=sanet-mg&T=0&P=19128

O.I.E. SELLS THERE SOUL TO THE DEVIL AND WILL REPEAT WHAT THE
U.K. DID, POISON THE WORLD LEGALLY WITH MAD COW DISEASEs

http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0703&L=sanet-mg&T=0&P=498

Re: UK's first case of H-type BSE confirmed by DEFRA

http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0703&L=sanet-mg&T=0&P=8125

UNITED STATES DOCUMENTS FIRST CASE RARE NOR98 SCRAPIE STRAIN

http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0703&L=sanet-mg&T=0&P=10928

DeHaven to leave APHIS

http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0703&L=sanet-mg&T=0&P=15937

http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0703&L=sanet-mg&T=0&P=2583

http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0703&L=sanet-mg&T=0&P=187

http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0703&L=sanet-mg&T=0&P=13149

A special form of PrPSc in muscles of a BSE-infected cow ''PRION 2005''


http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0703&L=sanet-mg&T=0&P=4492

TSS






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