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From: TSS ()
Subject: 1,000 CITATIONS ISSUED ON MAD COW REGULATIONS
Date: August 16, 2005 at 6:09 am PST

Aug. 15, 2005, 11:39PM

1,000 citations issued on mad cow regulations
Meatpackers didn't follow rules on tissue removal
By DANIEL GOLDSTEIN
Bloomberg News

U.S. government inspectors cited meatpackers more than 1,000 times over a 17-month period for violating rules concerning the removal of tissue associated with mad cow disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.


Some 1,036 "noncompliance" reports covering the January 2004-May 2005 period were released, the USDA said. The reports document instances of meatpackers failing to properly remove "specified risk materials" or SRMs — brains, spinal cord tissue and other tissues that scientists say harbor the disease.

"No specified risk materials got into the food supply" as a result of any of the violations, said Lisa Wallenda Picard, a spokeswoman for the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. In all cases, corrective actions were taken or unsafe practices were changed, Picard said.

The release of the noncompliance reports comes as Japan, normally the biggest overseas customer for U.S. beef, debates whether to ease the ban on U.S. beef it imposed in December 2003 after the U.S. found its first case of mad cow disease.

Many of the violations cited by the USDA were related to paperwork mistakes, according to the American Meat Institute, which represents Tyson Foods, Smithfield Foods and other large U.S. meatpackers. The USDA released the noncompliance reports to news organizations that had sought the information in freedom of information requests, the Washington-based trade group said in a prepared statement.

Consumer group Public Citizen said it was still reviewing all the documents and would need several days to summarize the noncompliance reports. "I think there still has to be a concern about meat from an infected animal making it into the food supply," said Tony Corbo, legislative representative for Public Citizen. "It is not a fail-safe system."

The meat industry disagreed.

"Some groups will no doubt attempt to use this information as evidence of possible operational problems and even a food safety concern, when nothing is further from the truth," said Jim Hodges, president of the AMI Foundation.

The USDA ordered that the risk materials be removed from slaughtered cattle Dec. 30, 2003, a week after the first U.S. mad cow case was confirmed.

The second case was confirmed in June, at an undisclosed location in Texas.

The noncompliance citations generally broke down into five categories: not having sufficient plans to address SRM removal, inadequate SRM removal, cross-contamination, poor record-keeping and inadequate age determination, Tyson Foods spokesman Gary Mickelson said.

Reuters News contributed to this report.

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/business/3311823

the USA BSE/TSE firewalls are and have been a joke. they never existed except on paper. this is appauling.

how can you have all this still in 2005;

>>>not having sufficient plans to address SRM removal, inadequate SRM removal, cross-contamination, poor record-keeping and inadequate age determination<<<

and not have any potential tainted material getting in the human and animal food supply. you cannot.

the June 2004 Enhanced BSE surveillance program was just what i said it was when it started, nothing more than an enhanced program to cover up any mad cow disease.

>>>"No specified risk materials got into the food supply" as a result of any of the violations, said Lisa Wallenda Picard, a spokeswoman for the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service<<<

blatant lies, just more blatant lies by the USDA et al.

USA BSE GBR should be raised immediately to USA BSE GBR IV from USA BSE GBR III, just for the continued lies and deciet alone. ...

TSS




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