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From: TSS ()
Subject: Live from NMA: Government officials and others speak out on testing, cattle inventory assessed
Date: August 22, 2005 at 6:54 am PST

Live from NMA: Government officials and others speak out on testing, cattle inventory assessed by Pete Hisey on 8/22/2005 for Meatingplace.com VICTORIA, British Columbia — Andrew Marsland, assistant deputy minister with Agri-Food Canada, told an audience at the National Meat Association's annual summer conference that, while testing of all cattle destined for export to Japan, South Korea and elsewhere "is not the position of the government of Canada," there have been repeated requests from cattle producers for such testing — and "the discussion goes on."

Dr. Andrea Morgan, deputy administrator with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, clarified the situation in which USDA Inspector General Phyllis Fong ordered USDA's Ames, Iowa, laboratory to perform the Western blot test on samples from the so-called "November cow." Fong, Morgan said, had been asked by former Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman to "work with us on the surveillance program" and took that as authority to have the tests for bovine spongiform encephalopathy performed.

Meanwhile, NMA Chief Executive Rosemary Mucklow told Meatingplace.com that she had recent discussions with Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns concerning the new testing regime of 20,000 healthy cattle over 30 months of age. According to Mucklow, she insisted to Johanns that the cattle be isolated from the food chain and slaughtered away from production plants to avoid releasing plant names, as recently happened with the Champion Pet Foods facility. Mucklow noted that Johanns was receptive to her concerns and requests.

On another testing front, Bill Smith, deputy administrator with USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service and head of field inspections, announced some details of a new baseline survey to detect levels of E. coli O157 in all beef destined for the ground-beef market. The first stage, which will include thousands of samples from hundreds of U.S. plants, will test trim and sub-primal cuts. Later, samples from advanced meat recovery, low-temperature rendered products and cheek meat will be audited.

John Nalivka, president of Vale, Ore.-based Sterling Marketing and a livestock economist, said that while cattle inventory in the United States is rising, last year's slaughter was the lowest in 40 years, and there will be no appreciable impact from the increasing herd size until at least 2007. Taking back global market share — down to 3 percent this year from 18 percent in 2003 — will take even longer. That won't reach double digits again until 2009, according to Nalivka.

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AGRICULTURAL SECRETARY JOHANNS SHOULD RESIGN DUE TO HIS COVER UP OF THAT 'NOVEMBER' COW. IF NOT FOR THE HONORABLE PHYLLIS FONG, THAT COW WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN CONFIRMED. THEN JOHANNS GOT MAD THAT IT WAS FINALLY CONFIRMED, THUS PROVING THE JUNE 2004 ENHANCED BSE COVER UP WAS JUST THAT. THOSE 500,000+ COWS TESTED TO DATE, INCLUDING THE 9,200 THAT WENT UNTESTED WITH WB OR RAPID TESTING.
THOSE CATTLE ARE NOW MEANINGLESS, THE PROGRAM SHOULD BE DISBANDED AND ANOTHER ROUND OF 1,000,000 CATTLE TESTED _PROPERLY_ .

UNTIL THAT HAPPENS,

THE USA BSE GBR RISK ASSESSMENT SHOULD BE RAISED IMMEDIATELY TO BSE GBR IV, SIMPLY BASED ON THE LIES, DECEIT, AND MISHANDLING OF THE OVERALL BSE/TSE SURVEILLANCE IN THE USA. ...TSS



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