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From: TSS ()
Subject: South Korea's Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to OIE ''U.S. beef still unsafe due to mad cow disease''
Date: May 3, 2007 at 12:52 pm PST

Beef News
South Korea: U.S. beef still unsafe

By John Gregerson on 5/3/2007 for Meatingplace.com


Asian news sources are reporting that South Korea's Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has sent the World Organization for Animal Health a written opinion indicating U.S. cattle are at risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy. The correspondence was dated April 9, just a week after Seoul and Washington successfully concluded a free-trade agreement.

Among Korea's complaints: The United States doesn't have an effective system to trace BSE-infected cattle or routes of infection. The Ministry also argues that specified risk materials used to feed non-ruminant animals could result in cross-contamination of cattle.

In addition, the Ministry took issue with the criteria OIE used to recommend the United States be classified as a "controlled risk" region for the disease.

Whether the charges hamper U.S. efforts to normalize beef trade with Korea remains to be seen. Following FTA talks, Korea agreed to renegotiate beef once OIE officially designated the United States a "controlled risk" region, as it is expected to do this month.

Several U.S. lawmakers have indicated they won't agree to a FTA between the two countries unless Korea fully resumes imports of U.S. beef.


http://www.meatingplace.com/


http://www.cattlenetwork.com/content.asp?contentid=126942


http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/3940

The S. Korean Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is very much correct.
Sadly, the OIE will do nothing about it. The USA has already a favorable rating signed, sealed, and as good as the old 'gold card' they use to have, that was the rating of not having a BSE case, then they changed from going by sound science to junk science i.e. 'God save the industry at all cost', thus, the BSE MRR policy was born. ...TSS


Subject: TRANSMISSIBLE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHIES in the USA and OIE reporting of it ???
Date: April 14, 2007 at 12:19 pm PST

----- Original Message -----
From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr.
To: wahis_devt@oie.int
Cc: m.zampaglione@oie.int ; oie@oie.int ; rma-mrr@tbs-sct.gc.ca ; B.Vallat@oie.int
Sent: Saturday, April 14, 2007 2:31 PM
Subject: TRANSMISSIBLE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHIES in the USA and OIE reporting of it ???


Greetings again OIE,


I am deeply concerned that the OIE has completely given up on the surveillance and eradication of TSE around the Globe. I am disappointed, and IF the OIE gives favorable ratings for the USA TSE rating with the new BSE/BASE MRR policy, I will then have lost all confidence of this organization as a regulatory authority on animal disease, and consider it nothing more than a National Trading Brokerage for all strains of animal TSE, just to satisfy there commodity. 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. ...

1st and foremost question,

IF THE OIE gives favorable ratings for USA BSE/BASE/TSE, by what means will it be justified (scientific, not political) ??? ;


Sent: Sunday, January 28, 2007 9:12 PM
Subject: BSE; MRR; IMPORTATION OF LIVE BOVINES AND PRODUCTS DERIVED FROM BOVINES [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0041] RIN 0579-AC01 COMMENT SUBMISSION


January 28, 2007

Greetings APHIS,


I would kindly like to submit the following to ;


snip...


THE USA is in a most unique situation, one of unknown circumstances with human and animal TSE. THE USA has the most documented TSE in different species to date, with substrains growing in those species (BSE/BASE in cattle and CWD in deer and elk, there is evidence here with different strains), and we know that sheep scrapie has over 20 strains of the typical scrapie with atypical scrapie documented and also BSE is very likely to have passed to sheep. all of which have been rendered and fed back to animals for human and animal consumption, a frightening scenario. WE do not know the outcome, and to play with human life around the globe with the very likely TSE tainted products from the USA, in my opinion is like playing Russian roulette, of long duration, with potential long and enduring consequences, of which once done, cannot be undone. These are the facts as I have come to know through daily and extensive research of TSE over 9 years, since 12/14/97. I do not pretend to have all the answers, but i do know to continue to believe in the ukbsenvcjd only theory of transmission to humans of only this one strain from only this one TSE from only this one part of the globe, will only lead to further failures, and needless exposure to humans from all strains of TSE, and possibly many more needless deaths from TSE via a multitude of proven routes and sources via many studies with primates and rodents and other species.

MY personal belief, since you ask, is that not only the Canadian border, but the USA border, and the Mexican border should be sealed up tighter than a drum for exporting there TSE tainted products, until a validated, 100% sensitive test is available, and all animals for human and animal consumption are tested. all we are doing is the exact same thing the UK did with there mad cow poisoning when they exported it all over the globe, all the while knowing what they were doing. this BSE MRR policy is nothing more than a legal tool to do just exactly what the UK did, thanks to the OIE and GW, it's legal now. and they executed Saddam for poisoning ???

go figure. ...

Terry S. Singeltary Sr.
P.O. Box 42
Bacliff, Texas USA 77518

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SEE FULL TEXT OF MY SUBMISSION TO FEDERAL DOCKETS HERE ;

http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0701&L=sanet-mg&T=0&P=3854


2nd question to OIE,

WHY HAS OIE FAILED TO REPORT THE NOR98 CASE DOCUMENTED IN THE USA ???

NOR98-LIKE STRAIN OF SCRAPIE FOUND IN WYOMING (1791 lines)
From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2007 15:08:15 -0500

http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0704&L=sanet-mg&T=0&P=8315


AND, what about the DECLARATION OF EXTRAORDINARY EMERGENCY DUE TO ATYPICAL TSE IN THOSE MAD SHEEP OF MAD RIVER VALLEY ???


FOIA REQUEST FOR ATYPICAL TSE INFORMATION ON VERMONT SHEEP
Re: FOIA REQUEST FOR ATYPICAL TSE INFORMATION ON VERMONT SHEEP (4843 lines)
From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2007 14:43:32 -0500

http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0704&L=sanet-mg&T=0&P=816

3RD question to OIE
,

WHY HAS OIE FAILED ON THERE PROMISE TO BRING THE REAL POTENTIAL FOR CWD RISK FACTORS TOWARD TRANSMISSION TO HUMANS TO THE ATTENTION OF THE PUBLIC AROUND THE GLOBE ???


Subject: Re: CWD AMERICA ???
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2002 19:10:18 +0200
From: "INFORMATION DEPT"
Organization: O.I.E
To: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
References: <3D2F0169.3@wt.net> <012901c229b2$ad43bb90$7f00000a@HPKB>
<3D2F2358.5010700@wt.net>
I agree with you Dr Terry. The OIE, namely the International Animal
Health Code Commission is working on making proposals to Member
Countries to change the OIE lists so to avoid some the problems
mentioned in you e-mail. This will take at least two years before
adoption by the International Committee. For BSE, countries asked the
OIE to post information on BSE on the OIE web site.

Personally, I am interested in Chronic Wasting Disease and I follow what
is distributed through ProMed. Delegates of OIE Member Countries can
propose diseases to be added to the list.

Kind regards.

Karim Ben Jebara

----- Original Message -----
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To: "INFORMATION DEPT"
Sent: Friday, July 12, 2002 8:43 PM
Subject: Re: CWD AMERICA ???


> hello Dr. Jebara,
>
> many thanks for your swift and kind reply.
>
> if i am not mistaken, it was the same email address.
> it was 3 or 4 weeks ago i wrote, as it is, i don't
> save 'sent' emails anymore, unless very important.
>
> my main concern (besides the fact that a potential TSE
> has been in the USA cattle for some time, but the APHIS
> do not test to find), is that the CWD could very well be
> transmitting to humans, and i just did not see to much
> posted about it on OIE site.
>
> > Coming back to your question, Chronic Wasting Disease is not an OIE
>
> > listed disease. Please see OIE disease lists at
>
> http://www.oie.int/eng/maladies/en_classification.htm#ListeA).
>
> why is this TSE (CWD) not listed and followed as with BSE ?
>
> Article 1.1.3.2.
> 1. Countries shall make available to other countries, through the
> OIE, whatever information is necessary to minimise the spread of
> important animal diseases and to assist in achieving better worldwide
> control of these diseases.
>
> http://www.oie.int/eng/normes/MCode/A_00005.htm
>
> The USA CWD is an important animal disease.
>
> why is it not followed?
>
> > The decision to add or delete a disease from the OIE lists, come
>
> > through proposals made by Member Countries and it has to be adopted by
>
> > the International Committee.
>
> i _urgently_ suggest a proposal to the OIE to follow this disease very
> closely, and to propose _more_ testing in the USA for TSEs in the USA
> cattle...
>
> kindest regards,
> terry
>
> INFORMATION DEPT wrote:
>
> > Dear Sir,
> >
> > This is the first time that I receive your e-mail. To whom have you
written
> > in the OIE or to which address?
> >
> > Coming back to your question, Chronic Wasting Disease is not an OIE
listed
> > disease. Please see OIE disease lists at
> > http://www.oie.int/eng/maladies/en_classification.htm#ListeA).
> >
> > Countries should report to the OIE any disease even is not listed
in the
> > OIE's lists in some conditions (example: an exceptional epidemiological
> > event). Please read Chapter 1.1.3 of the International animal health
code to
> > have more information on disease notification and epidemiological
> > information agreed by OIE Member Countries at :
> > http://www.oie.int/eng/normes/MCode/A_00005.htm
> >
> > The decision to add or delete a disease from the OIE lists, come
through
> > proposals made by Member Countries and it has to be adopted by the
> > International Committee.
> >
> > Hope that I answered to your question.
> >
> > Best regards.
> >
> > Dr Karim Ben Jebara
> > Head
> > Animal Health Information Department
> > OIE
> >
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
> > To:
> > Sent: Friday, July 12, 2002 6:18 PM
> > Subject: CWD AMERICA ???
> >
> >
> >
> >>I WROTE TO OIE RECENTLY ASKING 'WHY OIE DOES NOT FOLLOW CWD IN
> >>AMERICA' ? with no reply ? i am still seeking an answer ?
> >>
> >>many thanks,
> >>and kind regards,
> >>terry
=====================

SNIP...END


OIE needs to seriously consider making CWD (all strains) a Zoonotic Disease sooner, rather than later, after the fact, when millions have already become exposed.

why you ask, because CWD transmits to primates, as with BSE, and maybe humans as GSS ???


Re: Colorado Surveillance Program for Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission to Humans (TWO SUSPECT CASES) (8150 lines)
From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2007 16:22:22 -0500


FURTHER into this case study, Colorado Surveillance Program for Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission to Humans
(TWO SUSPECT CASES) a look at case 1 and case 2 ;


CASE 1

A 52-year-old right-handed woman presented with a
1-year history of progressive memory loss, language impairment,
visuospatial disturbance, and myoclonus. She
related that she had been a histology technician in a laboratory
that processed tissue specimens from deer and elk
with CWD and had handled specimens without wearing
gloves. Both she and her family expressed significant
concerns about the possibility of transdermal transmission
of CWD. Her family history was negative for
dementia and other neurologic disorders. Brain magnetic
resonance imaging showed mild diffuse volume loss,
and electroencephalography demonstrated mild diffuse
slowing. Other laboratory studies were unremarkable. Cerebrospinal
fluid findings were unremarkable except for
a weakly immunostaining 14-3-3 protein band, an indeterminate
finding for the diagnosis of prion disease. Genetic
testing of the prion protein gene was normal, revealing
methionine homozygosity at codon 129. Brain
biopsy results were negative for the presence of proteaseresistant
prion protein but showed definite Alzheimer disease
with numerous neuritic plaques and tau-positive neurofibrillary
tangles (Figure). Further analysis of brain
tissue at the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance
Center was negative for prion disease by Western
blot analysis. Subsequent investigation by the state department
of health revealed the patient had worked in
an area of the laboratory that conducted necropsies on
domestic animals and had never been assigned to the
CWD testing laboratory. The Colorado Department of
Public Health and Environment could not confirm that
the technician had ever worked with deer and elk tissues.

CASE 2

This 25-year-old right-handed man had a 4-month history
of progressive gait disturbance, myoclonus, hallucinations,
slowed cognition, impaired attention, and
memory loss. He had hunted deer and elk in a CWD endemic
area of southern Wyoming and cooked and ate the
field-dressed meat. His family history was significant in
that his mother had died of a dementing disease at age
40 years, although there was neither a clinical diagnosis
nor an autopsy. Brain magnetic resonance imaging findings
were unremarkable, and electroencephalography
demonstrated 1-Hz high-amplitude periodic sharp wave
complexes. Other laboratory studies had negative results.
Testing for the 14-3-3 protein had positive results,
but the cerebrospinal fluid was otherwise unremarkable.
The diagnosis of Gerstmann-Stra®ussler-Scheinker
syndrome, a familial prion disease, was confirmed with
a detailed autopsy examination and referral of the brain
to the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center.
Autopsy brain tissue showed the presence of proteaseresistant
prion protein by Western blot analysis. Genetic
evaluation revealed the P102L mutation in the prion protein
gene with methionine/valine heterozygosity at codon
129.

snip...end


I can't understand how they can keep claiming 'low, or no occupational transmission of CJD' ??? when there have been many cases that should have raised awareness, and in some cases they did, only to be swept under the rug as the infamous sporadic CJD, or some other TSE other than the nvCJD of the ukbsenvcjd only theory. it's a blown theory no one will accept too. lets look at a few occupational cases. ...TSS


now, some things to ponder ;


Questions:

1. Do neuritic plaques and tau-positive neurofibrillary tangles indicate
definite AD? Aren't these also found in GSS? What about concurrent AD
and TSE?

2. Are the NPDPSC results conclusive? Do WB results depend on the part
of the brain sampled?

3. Doesn't it seem unlikely the woman would flat-out lie about working
with CWD tissues? (I'm working on this locally.)

4. What about cross-contamination? The lab gets large numbers of
scrapie-infected sheep and CWD-infected deer and elk. I assume the
necropsy area is contaminated with TSEs.


snip...


>
> > Results Neuropathological and genetic assessment in the 2 patients proved
> the
>
> > diagnoses of early-onset Alzheimer disease and a rare genetic prion
> disease
>
>
> very interesting, and something to ponder here for sure ;
>
>
>
>
> AS implied in the Inset 25 we must not _ASSUME_ that
> transmission of BSE to other species will invariably
> present pathology typical of a scrapie-like disease.
>
> snip...
>
>
>
> http://www.bseinquiry.gov.uk/files/yb/1991/01/04004001.pdf
>
>
>
>
> and i think this would apply to CWD to humans as well.
>
>
>
>
> > rare genetic prion disease
>
>
>
>
> would be interesting to know the exact genetic TSE they are speaking of.
> GSS, FFI, Familial/Genetic CJD, and or the sporadic FFI that is not genetic,
> and don't ask me why ??? does not make sense to me either. it's either
> genetic or not. like i have said many times, the diagnostic criteria
> differentiating the different human and animal TSE is missing something. but
> if you have a strain of genetic/familial TSE i.e. FFI, and then you classify
> a sub-type of that strain that use to be gentic to sporadic, then you have
> either gone back to sCJD, or the complete damn diagnostic criteria is wrong.
> you just have well named the damn thing ;
>
>
>
>
> Parchi-Capellari-Chin-Schwarz-Schecter-Butts-Hudkins-Burns-Powers-Gambetti-D
> ISEASE.
>
> TSS
>
>
>
>
> Subject: Alzheimer-type neuropathology in a 28-year old patient with
> iatrogenic CJD after dural grafting
> Date: March 9, 2007 at 9:15 am PST
>
> HUMAN-04

snip...full text ;


http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0704&L=sanet-mg&T=0&P=1165


IN my opinion the WOAH/OIE is nothing more than a organized bunch of lobbyist for the members Countries in support of there INDUSTRY, bound together as one, with the only purpose of open trade for there precious commodities and futures. Speaking only of BSE, they failed at every corner, and then just said to hell with it, well just trade all strains of TSE globally.

snip...

NOW, ask yourself why not one single mad cow has been documented in the USA since the Honorable Phyllis Fong of the OIG did the end around Johanns, Dehaven et al ??? found two atypical BSE or BASE cases and they flat shut it down i tell you. IF the OIE gives a favorable rating, IF the OIE gives any other rating but the lowest, poorest possible BSE/TSE rating, the OIE will have sealed there fate once and for all, because most of the world knows the truth about the USA and there mad cows. THE OIE will then be able to stand side by side with the USA, and proudly claim to have sold there soul to the devil, all for a buck, commodities and futures, to hell with human health. A 'CONTROLLED' RATING IS EXACTLY what the OIE will get if that is what they classify the USA as a 'CONTROLLED RATING'. IT will be controlled by Johanns, Dehaven, and GW. IT WILL BE RIGGED in other words. but that is nothing new, it's been rigged for years. ...


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


Re: REPORT ON THE INVESTIGATION OF THE NINTH CASE OF BSE IN CANADA UPDATE MARCH 26, 2007 (921 lines)
From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2007 15:48:11 -0600

Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 12:54:12 -0500
Reply-To: Sustainable Agriculture Network Discussion Group
<[log in to unmask]>
Sender: Sustainable Agriculture Network Discussion Group
<[log in to unmask]>
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr." <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Birth cohort of CANADIAN BSE-positive animal was exported to
the United States
Content-type: multipart/alternative;


Subject: Re: Birth cohort of CANADIAN BSE-positive animal was exported to the United States
Date: April 10, 2007 at 10:33 am PST

"It most likely" entered the food supply "given that it was slaughtered," said Karen Eggert, a spokeswoman with USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.


"But it wouldn't have gone to slaughter if it was showing any clinical signs for BSE. We're not looking at this as a possibility that a BSE infected cow got into the United States," she said.


http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN1040765520070410

how in the heck does she know ??? does she know what sub-clinical means ???

snip...full text ; http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0704&L=sanet-mg&T=0&P=7609
23.2 BSE-infected mad cows in the standing Canadian adult cattle population. very disturbing... http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/hot_issues/bse/downloads/BSE_Prevalence.pdf http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0703&L=sanet-mg&D=0&P=15653


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


http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0701&L=sanet-mg&D=0&P=3854

NOW, FINAL QUESTION TO OIE, HOW CAN OIE JUSTIFY GIVING USA A FAVORABLE RATING ON BSE/BASE/TSE MRR POLICY WHEN THE USA HAS THE MOST DOCUMENTED TRANSMISSIBLE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHIES IN MORE SPECIES THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY, ALL OF WHICH HAS BEEN RENDERED AND FED BACK TO ANIMALS (CATTLE INCLUDED) FOR HUMAN AND ANIMAL CONSUMPTION, AND ALSO HAS THE MOST DOCUMENTED ATTEMPTS AT COVERING UP MAD COW DISEASES IN THE USA, ALSO, MORE BLATANTLY AND HAPHAZARDLY THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, HOW CAN ONE JUSTIFY A FAVORABLE MAD COW RATING WITH ALL THIS $$$


THE ONLY BSE MRR RATING THE USA AND ALL OF NORTH AMERICA SHOULD GET IS A TERRIBLY FAILED RATING, SCIENTIFICALLY SPEAKING, THIS IS THE ONLY RATING POSSIBLE. ANY OTHER RATING WILL PROVE THE OIE IS NOTHING MORE THAN A FAILED AUTHORITY ON HUMAN/ANIMAL DISEASE, AND THEIR MOTO OF ''Protecting the world from emerging diseases linked to globalisation'' will read more like ''PROTECTING OUR COMMODITIES AND FUTURES FROM DEAD CONSUMERS FAMILIES LINKED TO EMERGING POLITICS''


I am still sincerely disgusted,


Terry S. Singeltary Sr.

P.O. Box 42

Bacliff, Texas USA 77518


Re: 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&P=498


this is what i call sh!tting in your own beef too;


Food Safety
Maine company recalls beef due to potential fecal contamination

By Ann Bagel Storck on 5/3/2007 for Meatingplace.com

Bubier Meats in Greene, Maine, is recalling 1,936 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with fecal material, state officials announced.

Packages affected by the recall are labeled "EST. 4" inside the state mark of inspection. The products include:

Two whole sides of beef carcass stamped "Est. 4"

45 10-lb. bags of beef labeled Bubier Meats "Hamburg"

30 10-lb. bags of ground beef labeled "Caldwell Farms All Natural Beef"

450 pounds of beef primal cuts labeled "Caldwell Farms All Natural Beef"
Bubier Manager Tobey Bubier is fielding questions about the recall at 207/946-7761.

http://www.meatingplace.com/


NOT TO WORRY THOUGH, FDA has come to save us with a food safety CZAR ;-0


FDA names food safety czar
After a spate of recent contaminations, the Food and Drug Administration creates new post to help find problems in food safety.
May 1 2007: 5:27 PM EDT


WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The Food and Drug Administration Tuesday created the post of food safety czar to help close gaps in protection from contamination, following a recent series of incidents involving human and animal food.

Dr. David Acheson, currently chief medical officer at the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, will become assistant commissioner for food protection, the FDA said.


http://money.cnn.com/2007/05/01/news/newsmakers/fda_czar.reut/


http://www.google.com/search?num=30&hl=en&edition=us&q=fda+food+safety+czar&btnG=Search


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
P07-75
May 1, 2007
Media Inquiries:
301-827-6242
Consumer Inquiries:
888-INFO-FDA


FDA Commissioner Announces New Food Protection Position
Commissioner of Food and Drugs Dr. Andrew C. von Eschenbach today announced the creation of the position of Assistant Commissioner for Food Protection to provide advice and counsel to the Commissioner on strategic and substantive food safety and food defense matters.

David Acheson, M.D., F.R.C.P. will be assigned to this new senior leadership role.

Currently, Dr. Acheson serves as chief medical officer and director of the Office of Food Defense, Communication and Emergency Response at the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).

In his new role, Dr. Acheson will work with individual FDA product centers, as well as the Office of Regulatory Affairs to coordinate FDA's food safety and defense assignments and commitments.

In addition, Dr. Acheson will serve as the commissioner's direct liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services, of which FDA is a part, and to other U.S. departments and agencies on food safety and food defense related inter-agency initiatives.

"The protection of America's food supply and therefore the safety of Americans eating food of domestic or international origin is of utmost importance to me as a physician, and to the mission of this agency," Dr. von Eschenbach said. "We've seen a rapid transformation of the food safety system due to advances in production technology, rapid methods of distribution, and the globalization of food sources. Dr. Acheson's wealth of experience, and knowledge of the science behind food protection, will help the agency keep pace with this transformation in order to ensure that the safety and nutritional value of our food supply is second to none."

One of Dr. Acheson's first projects will be the development of an agency-wide, visionary strategy for food safety and defense. The strategy will identify and characterize changes in the global food safety and defense system, and identify current and future challenges and opportunities. It will also name potential barriers, gaps, and most critical needs in a food safety and defense system. The strategy will serve as the framework in helping the agency prioritize and address food safety and defense challenges.

As a CFSAN office director, Dr. Acheson currently has had the lead for emergency response, as well as outreach and communications to industry, state and consumers on issues pertaining to the center. He manages a staff of epidemiologists, biostatisticians and others in providing risk assessments, aid in epidemiological investigations of foodborne outbreaks, and other important center-wide functions.

Before joining the agency, Dr. Acheson held several research and academic positions. He has served as an associate professor at the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore, where he focused on research of foodborne pathogens and, prior to that, as an associate professor at Tufts University in Boston, where he undertook basic molecular pathogenesis research on foodborne pathogens.

Dr. Acheson is a graduate of the University of London Medical School in the United Kingdom, with training in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He has published extensively and is internationally recognized both for his public health expertise in food safety and his research in infectious diseases. Additionally, Dr. Acheson is a fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians (London) and the Infectious Disease Society of America.

Dr. Acheson will begin this new assignment immediately. He will report to Dr. Murray Lumpkin, Deputy Commissioner for International and Special Programs.

####

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01622.html


sounds all to familiar with this administration.


they take someone that has failed us terribly in the past, and then promote them to food safety CZAR, and this is going to fix things?


WHAT DID BORAT SAY.........pause.........................NOT !!!

TSS



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