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From: TSS ()
Subject: APHIS SAMPLING OF APPARENTLY HEALTHY ADULT CATTLE FOR THE ENHANCED SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM FOR BSE ;-)
Date: October 1, 2005 at 7:44 am PST

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE

WASHINGTON, DC

63-05 9/28/05 FSIS NOTICE

APHIS SAMPLING OF APPARENTLY HEALTHY ADULT CATTLE FOR THE

ENHANCED SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM FOR BSE

NOTE: This notice only pertains to inspection program personnel who have been

notified by APHIS that their establishment has entered into a Healthy Cattle

Sample Collection Agreement

I. PURPOSE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) personnel will collect 20,000

brain samples from apparently healthy adult cattle 30 months of age and older

presented at slaughter as part of that agency’s enhanced surveillance program for

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). This notice provides instructions to FSIS

personnel on their involvement and responsibilities at the establishments that APHIS

selects to participate in its sample collection program.

NOTE: FSIS personnel will continue to collect brain samples from all antemortem

condemned cattle including non-ambulatory disabled and animals showing signs of

Central Nervous System (CNS) disease as instructed in FSIS Notice 28-04 (FSIS

Sample Collection from Cattle Condemned During Antemortem Inspection for the

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Surveillance Program).

II. BACKGROUND

A. APHIS is beginning its program to sample 20,000 apparently healthy adult cattle

under its enhanced surveillance program for BSE. For purposes of the APHIS program,

"apparently healthy adult cattle" are defined as adult cattle 30 months of age and older

that have passed FSIS antemortem inspection, including cattle handled under 9 CFR

309.2(a). Sample collection will occur at participating slaughter establishments that

APHIS has selected for sampling.

DISTRIBUTION: Notified NOTICE EXPIRES: 10/1/06 OPI: OPPED

inspection program personnel

FSIS NOTICE 63-05

B. A participating establishment is to continue to follow its written procedure as

incorporated into its HACCP system to ensure effective removal, segregation, and

disposition of specified risk material (9CFR 310.22(d)(1)). Additionally, the

establishment is to follow its established procedures for age determination. Apparently

C. healthy animals selected for BSE testing must be 30 months of age and older. If a

plant in carrying out its age determination procedures determines a selected carcass to

be less than 30 months of age, the selected carcass will not be sampled for BSE and

therefore is not subject to FSIS retention.

D. APHIS is responsible for all aspects of the sample selection and collection from

apparently healthy adult cattle. APHIS personnel will work with each establishment to

develop a sampling plan, including when, where, and how they will collect the samples

and will document their agreement with the establishment in the Healthy Cattle Sample

Collection Agreement. APHIS will notify FSIS of participating establishments through

the District Office (DO) and the DO will notify the Public Health Veterinarian (PHV) at

those establishments. It is important for FSIS inspection personnel to keep in mind that

in a Federal Register notice dated January 12, 2004, FSIS stated that it would not apply

the marks of inspection to carcasses of cattle tested for BSE until a negative test result

is attained.

III. AWARENESS MEETING

A. Prior to the initiation of sample collection, the PHV, the establishment, and the

Area Veterinarian-in-Charge (AVIC), or designee, are to have an awareness meeting.

B. The meeting should include discussions pertaining to the projected sampling

number that has been supplied by APHIS for that establishment; the establishment’s

slaughter and carcass cooler capacity to hold the retained carcasses and edible parts

pending laboratory confirmation of a negative finding; the logistics of carcass and part

retention; and identification, segregation, or disposal of inedible parts (e.g., blood,

hooves, horns, mammary glands, and viscera including lungs) pending the BSE test

result.

C. The FSIS PHV will document the meeting in a memorandum of interview (MOI)

and include who was present, the date of the meeting, issues that were discussed, and

what was decided on each issue discussed in the meeting.

D. The PHV is to maintain the MOI in the inspection files and provide a copy to the

establishment management and the APHIS AVIC for the State in which the

establishment is located.

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FSIS NOTICE 63-05

IV. SAMPLE SELECTION AND COLLECTION

A. After FSIS completes antemortem inspection, APHIS will select the designated

number of apparently healthy adult cattle for sampling. (See attached flowchart).

B. FSIS will make the postmortem disposition, using established criteria,

independent of whether animals are selected by APHIS for sampling.

NOTE: If a carcass selected for APHIS sampling is condemned at postmortem, the BSE

sampling will still be conducted. Also, inspection program personnel are to continue to

collect blood and tissue samples for additional purposes (e.g., pathology, tuberculosis,

and residue), perform screening tests, prepare samples, and submit samples to

appropriate laboratories. Inspection program personnel are to properly dispose of

excess tissue resulting from the diagnostic test or sample submission as set out in IV. I.

below.

C. After the completion of FSIS postmortem inspection of heads, APHIS personnel

will collect the brain samples in a location pre-determined by the establishment with

APHIS.

D. Inspection program personnel are to attach a "U.S. Retained" tag (FSIS Form

6502-1) to the leading side of each carcass to be tested. PHVs are not to allow the

application of the mark of inspection until the BSE test results are confirmed negative.

E. Inspection program personnel also are to attach a "U.S. Retained" blue gang tag

(FSIS Form 6502-2) to each corresponding part of the carcass, edible, and inedible

parts in accordance with 9 CFR 310.3 and 310.4.

NOTE: Additional "U.S. Retained tags" will be used as needed to retain control of any

batched edible and inedible parts according to the establishment's identification

procedures. Also, inspection program personnel do not have to retain hides.

NOTE: FSIS's expectation is that blood resulting from the primary stick would be

collected and retained or disposed of as set out in IV. I.; however, incidental blood

drippage resulting during the dressing process would not be retained.

F. The establishment is responsible for maintaining the identity of the carcass, and

of edible and inedible parts, and, in accordance with 9 CFR 310.2, for collecting and

maintaining all identification (e.g., ear tags, back tags, and other identifying devices)

with the carcass in a clear plastic bag.

G. The APHIS collector will enter the identification information into the BSE

Surveillance Information System (BSE-SIS). The collector will then bag all the

identification items, label them with the sample number and bar code sticker, and attach

a copy of the BSE Surveillance Data Collection Form. The logistics for APHIS receipt of

the identification information collected under 9 CFR 310.2, and correlation of the BSESIS

bar code with US Retain and gang tag numbers will be fully discussed during the

awareness meeting and understood prior to any sample collection.

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FSIS NOTICE 63-05

H. PHVs are to maintain the items from the APHIS collector (See G above) and the

stub portion of the "U.S. Retained" tag (which will have the blue gang tag number

recorded on it or attached to it) under FSIS security until the test results have been

returned.

I. If the establishment chooses to dispose of any carcass, edible or inedible part, or

condemned carcasses tested by APHIS, prior to receiving test results, it should use one

of the following preferred options:

• Render at dedicated facilities for non-animal feed use (e.g., biofuel or cement)

• Alkaline digestion

• Incineration

• Lined land fills

(See Section V. of FSIS Notice 40-04 "Additional Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

(BSE) Surveillance Sampling Questions and Answers", which contains procedures for

carcass disposal).

J. In accordance established procedures, inspection program personnel are to

document the retain tag numbers on the Daily Disposition Form, FSIS Form 6200-14,

and the final disposition of the tested animals on this form after test results have been

reported by APHIS.

V. TEST RESULTS

A. The AVIC will e-mail a report with the negative BSE test results to the appropriate

PHV with copies to the Front-line Supervisor and DO.

NOTE: Partial test results of a day’s retained carcasses will not be reported to the PHV.

B. The e-mail will contain the negative results for each individual animal of that

date’s lot/day/shift. If any result is inconclusive for the lot/day/shift, the PHV will be

notified through supervisory channels about the status of all tested animals in the

lot/day/shift in accordance with established interagency reporting lines for BSE

inconclusive results.

1. if the test is negative (reported as "not detected") the carcasses and parts

may be released from the BSE testing retention.

2. if the test is inconclusive or confirmed positive, the PHV will receive

supervisory instruction on further actions. For any confirmed positive the carcasses,

edible, and inedible parts are to be disposed of by one of the options listed in paragraph

IV.

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FSIS NOTICE 63-05

VI. SANITATION

A. At an establishment that slaughters or processes both cattle 30 months of age

and older and cattle younger than 30 months of age, inspection program personnel are

to verify that the equipment (e.g., saws and knives) is properly cleaned and sanitized

between carcasses or parts as set out in FSIS Notice 10-4.

B. The sanitation principles of cleaning and sanitization between cattle 30 months

of age and older and cattle under 30 months of age are also applicable to cattle that are

tested or not tested for BSE. An establishment may elect to clean and sanitize

equipment between each animal or between multiple animals that are tested for BSE.

FSIS will verify establishment execution of their sanitation standard operating procedure

under 9 CFR 416 to determine the scope of affected product for any non-negative BSE

sample.

VII. eADRS PROCDURES

Each day that apparently healthy cattle are selected for APHIS testing, the PHV is

to document in eADRS the number of cattle selected. To record this in eADRS, the

PHV is to open eADRS, choose the category titled "cattle," and then locate the subcategory

titled "APHIS 20K Surveillance". The PHV then is to enter the total number of

cattle collected for that date. (i.e., if 9 are collected, the total number entered into the

"20K" position would be 9).

Direct questions to the Technical Service Center at 1-800-233-3935.

Assistant Administrator

Office of Policy, Program, and Employee Development

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FSIS NOTICE 63-05

Attachment

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Evisceration

remaining "gang-tags", as

needed, to retain the viscera.

Carcasses "passing"

postmortem inspection

are retained in cooler

Carcasses (and parts) that

are retained for diagnostic

purposes (i.e., TB, FAST);

have US Retain tags

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BSE Test

Results

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appropriate for diagnostic

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Test Results

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parts unless retained for

other regulatory

reasons. Apply Marks of

Inspection

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http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/63-05.pdf

Greetings,

>>>It is important for FSIS inspection personnel to keep in mind that

in a Federal Register notice dated January 12, 2004, FSIS stated that it would not apply

the marks of inspection to carcasses of cattle tested for BSE until a negative test result

is attained.<<<

holy mad cow, this could take well over a year if we consider the debacle with the 2 Texas mad cows (one confirmed finally after some 7+ months thanks to the Honorable and Courageous Phyllis Fong of the OIE), and the other stumbling and staggering one that they refused to test at all, ordered rendered from higher ups in Austin, the one i call (the other texas mad cow, the one that got away). IF you consider the Gonzales Purina feed mill incident, where the FDA states that 5.5 grams of tainted ruminant protein is o.k. to feed to cattle here in Texas, no risk there, it's a wonder that all cattle in Texas do not have BSE/TSE. THE June 2004 Enhanced BSE cover-up is and was just that. there is NO credibility in this program. hell, we know how well there IHC test works in TEXAS, it doesn't ;

Daily Update

On August 17, 2005, no inconclusive test results were reported.

National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) Immunohistochemistry (IHC) Testing Summary

The BSE enhanced surveillance program involves the use of a rapid screening test, followed by confirmatory testing for any samples that come back "inconclusive." The weekly summary below captures all rapid tests conducted as part of the enhanced surveillance effort. It should be noted that since the enhanced surveillance program began, USDA has also conducted approximately 9,200 routine IHC tests on samples that did not first undergo rapid testing. This was done to ensure that samples inappropriate for the rapid screen test were still tested, and also to monitor and improve upon IHC testing protocols. Of those 9,200 routine tests, one test returned a non-definitive result on July 27, 2005. That sample underwent additional testing at NVSL, as well as at the Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge, England, and results were negative.
To view the IHC testing numbers from 1990 through 2004, click on the following link: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/bse/surveillance/figure2f.html

Weekly Summary

Cumulative Total from June 1, 2004: 439,126


http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/bse/surveillance/figure2f.html


http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/bse_testing/test_results.html


USDA 2003

We have to be careful that we don't get so set in the way we do things that
we forget to look for different emerging variations of disease. We've gotten
away from collecting the whole brain in our systems. We're using the brain
stem and we're looking in only one area. In Norway, they were doing a
project and looking at cases of Scrapie, and they found this where they did
not find lesions or PRP in the area of the obex. They found it in the
cerebellum and the cerebrum. It's a good lesson for us. Ames had to go
back and change the procedure for looking at Scrapie samples. In the USDA,
we had routinely looked at all the sections of the brain, and then we got
away from it. They've recently gone back.
Dr. Keller: Tissues are routinely tested, based on which tissue provides an
'official' test result as recognized by APHIS
.

Dr. Detwiler: That's on the slaughter. But on the clinical cases, aren't
they still asking for the brain? But even on the slaughter, they're looking
only at the brainstem. We may be missing certain things if we confine
ourselves to one area.


snip.............


Dr. Detwiler: It seems a good idea, but I'm not aware of it.
Another important thing to get across to the public is that the negatives
do not guarantee absence of infectivity. The animal could be early in the
disease and the incubation period. Even sample collection is so important.
If you're not collecting the right area of the brain in sheep, or if
collecting lymphoreticular tissue, and you don't get a good biopsy, you
could miss the area with the PRP in it and come up with a negative test.
There's a new, unusual form of Scrapie that's been detected in Norway. We
have to be careful that we don't get so set in the way we do things that we
forget to look for different emerging variations of disease. We've gotten
away from collecting the whole brain in our systems. We're using the brain
stem and we're looking in only one area. In Norway, they were doing a
project and looking at cases of Scrapie, and they found this where they did
not find lesions or PRP in the area of the obex. They found it in the
cerebellum and the cerebrum. It's a good lesson for us. Ames had to go
back and change the procedure for looking at Scrapie samples. In the USDA,
we had routinely looked at all the sections of the brain, and then we got
away from it. They've recently gone back.

Dr. Keller: Tissues are routinely tested, based on which tissue provides an
'official' test result as recognized by APHIS
.

Dr. Detwiler: That's on the slaughter. But on the clinical cases, aren't
they still asking for the brain? But even on the slaughter, they're looking
only at the brainstem. We may be missing certain things if we confine
ourselves to one area.


snip...


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Completely Edited Version
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Accomplished this day, Wednesday, December 11, 2003, Denver, Colorado

yep, Dr. Detwiler tried telling them, but GW et all and there 'corporate science' know's best $$$

Testing Options for Mad Cow Said Limited

By LIBBY QUAID
The Associated Press
Wednesday, August 17, 2005; 8:04 PM


WASHINGTON -- The Agriculture Department acknowledged Wednesday that its testing options for mad cow disease were limited in 9,200 cases despite its effort to expand surveillance throughout the U.S. herd.

In those cases, only one type of test was used _ one that failed to detect the disease in an infected Texas cow.


The department posted the information on its Web site because of an inquiry from The Associated Press.

Conducted over the past 14 months, the tests have not been included in the department's running tally of mad cow disease tests since last summer. That total reached 439,126 on Wednesday.

"There's no secret program," the department's chief veterinarian, John Clifford, said in an interview. "There has been no hiding, I can assure you of that."

Officials intended to report the tests later in an annual report, Clifford said.

These 9,200 cases were different because brain tissue samples were preserved with formalin, which makes them suitable for only one type of test _ immunohistochemistry, or IHC.

In the Texas case, officials had declared the cow free of disease in November after an IHC test came back negative. The department's inspector general ordered an additional kind of test, which confirmed the animal was infected.

Veterinarians in remote locations have used the preservative on tissue to keep it from degrading on its way to the department's laboratory in Ames, Iowa. Officials this year asked veterinarians to stop using preservative and send fresh or chilled samples within 48 hours.

The department recently investigated a possible case of mad cow disease that turned up in a preserved sample. Further testing ruled out the disease two weeks ago.

Scientists used two additional tests _ rapid screening and Western blot _ to help detect mad cow disease in the country's second confirmed case, in a Texas cow in June. They used IHC and Western blot to confirm the first case, in a Washington state cow in December 2003.

"The IHC test is still an excellent test," Clifford said. "These are not simple tests, either."

Clifford pointed out that scientists reran the IHC several times and got conflicting results. That happened, too, with the Western blot test. Both tests are accepted by international animal health officials.

The formal name for mad cow disease is bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE.

In humans, consuming meat products tainted with BSE is linked to a fatal disorder called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The disease has killed about 150 people, most of them in Britain, where there was an outbreak in the 1980s and 1990s.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/17/AR2005081701635.html


THE USA JUNE 2004 Enhanced BSE program was a sham. it should be totally scrapped and every cow for human and or animal consumption should be retested, with proper protocol annually for 5 years. nothing less should be accepted now. the feed ban was a sham, the testing was a sham, it is exactly as myself and many others have been saying for almost a decade. TSEs are rampant in the USA. THIS is why GW et al force fed everyone this BSe MRR policy, nothing more than a legal pass to trade all TSEs from the USA around the Globe. commodities and futures, to hell with human health.

THE USA BSE GBR RISK ASSESSMENT SHOULD BE IMMEDIATELY REASSESSED TO BSE GBR IV.

>>>"There's no secret program," the department's chief veterinarian, John Clifford, said in an interview. "There has been no hiding, I can assure you of that."<<<


r i g h t, and there's no mad cows in the USA and North America. these people are as corrupt as they get.

THERE should be an inquiry into this continued incompetence of the USDA et al. my God, we have all become exposed to this deadly agent due to there continued lies, deceit and cover ups.in essence, what the USDA did in force feeding the globe all these TSEs, was far worse than what MAFF did in exporting there poison around the globe in the 80s. the USA has exposed the globe to there poison by this BSE/TSE MRR policy, and if you dont eat it, they'll just through sanctions at you. ...

EFSA Scientific Report on the Assessment of the Geographical BSE-Risk (GBR) of the United States of America (USA)
Publication date: 20 August 2004
Adopted July 2004 (Question N° EFSA-Q-2003-083)

Report

Summary
Summary of the Scientific Report

The European Food Safety Authority and its Scientific Expert Working Group on the Assessment of the Geographical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Risk (GBR) were asked by the European Commission (EC) to provide an up-to-date scientific report on the GBR in the United States of America, i.e. the likelihood of the presence of one or more cattle being infected with BSE, pre-clinically as well as clinically, in USA. This scientific report addresses the GBR of USA as assessed in 2004 based on data covering the period 1980-2003.

The BSE agent was probably imported into USA and could have reached domestic cattle in the middle of the eighties. These cattle imported in the mid eighties could have been rendered in the late eighties and therefore led to an internal challenge in the early nineties. It is possible that imported meat and bone meal (MBM) into the USA reached domestic cattle and leads to an internal challenge in the early nineties.

A processing risk developed in the late 80s/early 90s when cattle imports from BSE risk countries were slaughtered or died and were processed (partly) into feed, together with some imports of MBM. This risk continued to exist, and grew significantly in the mid 90’s when domestic cattle, infected by imported MBM, reached processing. Given the low stability of the system, the risk increased over the years with continued imports of cattle and MBM from BSE risk countries.

EFSA concludes that the current GBR level of USA is III, i.e. it is likely but not confirmed that domestic cattle are (clinically or pre-clinically) infected with the BSE-agent. As long as there are no significant changes in rendering or feeding, the stability remains extremely/very unstable. Thus, the probability of cattle to be (pre-clinically or clinically) infected with the BSE-agent persistently increases.


http://www.efsa.eu.int/science/efsa_scientific_reports/gbr_assessments/573_en.html

From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. [flounder@wt.net]
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2003 1:03 PM
To: fdadockets@oc.fda.gov
Cc: ggraber@cvm.fda.gov; Linda.Grassie@fda.gov; BSE-L
Subject: Docket No. 2003N-0312 Animal Feed Safety System [TSS SUBMISSION
TO DOCKET 2003N-0312]

Greetings FDA,

snip...

PLUS, if the USA continues to flagrantly ignore the _documented_ science to date about the known TSEs in the USA (let alone the undocumented TSEs in cattle), it is my opinion, every other Country that is dealing with BSE/TSE should boycott the USA and demand that the SSC reclassify the USA BSE GBR II risk assessment to BSE/TSE GBR III 'IMMEDIATELY'. for the SSC to _flounder_ any longer on this issue, should also be regarded with great suspicion as well. NOT to leave out the OIE and it's terribly flawed system of disease surveillance. the OIE should make a move on CWD in the USA, and make a risk assessment on this as a threat to human health. the OIE should also change the mathematical formula for testing of disease. this (in my opinion and others) is terribly flawed as well. to think that a sample survey of 400 or so cattle in a population of 100 million, to think this will find anything, especially after seeing how many TSE tests it took Italy and other Countries to find 1 case of BSE (1 million rapid TSE test in less than 2 years, to find 102 BSE cases), should be proof enough to make drastic changes of this system. the OIE criteria for BSE Country classification and it's interpretation is very problematic. a text that is suppose to give guidelines, but is not understandable, cannot be considered satisfactory. the OIE told me 2 years ago that they were concerned with CWD, but said any changes might take years. well, two years have come and gone, and no change in relations with CWD as a human health risk. if we wait for politics and science to finally make this connection, we very well may die before any decisions
or changes are made. this is not acceptable. we must take the politics and the industry out of any final decisions of the Scientific community. this has been the problem from day one with this environmental man made death sentence. some of you may think i am exaggerating, but you only have to see it once, you only have to watch a loved one die from this one time, and you will never forget, OR forgive...yes, i am still very angry... but the transmission studies DO NOT lie, only the politicians and the industry do... and they are still lying to this day...TSS


http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/03n0312/03N-0312_emc-000001.txt

Greetings again,

THE only way i would believe anything anymore coming out of the USDA/APHIS/FSIS/FDA/NIH/CDC and this administration would be if the Honorable and Courageous Phyllis Fong headed up the FDA and the BSE/TSE testing. THIS Administration PAYS for it's favorable media reports which are nothing but lies. THIS has been the same with the mad cow PR coming out of the USDA/APHIS/FSIS et al. A fine example right here today ;

Oct. 1, 2005, 1:01AM


'No Child' effort called propaganda
Administration violated the law with 'news' video, columnist's hiring, GAO report says
By ROBERT PEAR
New York Times

WASHINGTON - Federal auditors said Friday that the Bush administration had violated the law by purchasing favorable news coverage of President Bush's education policies, by making payments to the conservative commentator Armstrong Williams and by hiring a public relations company to analyze media perceptions of the Republican Party.


In a blistering report, the investigators, from the Government Accountability Office, said the administration had disseminated "covert propaganda" inside the United States, in violation of a longstanding explicit statutory ban.

The contract with Williams and the general contours of the administration's public relations campaign had been known for months. The report Friday provided the first definitive ruling on the legality of the activities.

Lawyers from the GAO, an independent nonpartisan arm of Congress, found that the Bush administration had systematically analyzed news articles to see if they carried the message, "The Bush administration/the GOP is committed to education."

The auditors declared: "We see no use for such information except for partisan political purposes."

The GAO also criticized the Education Department for telling Ketchum Inc., a large public relations company, to pay Williams for newspaper columns and television appearances praising Bush's education initiative, the No Child Left Behind Act.

The GAO said the Education Department had no money or authority to "procure favorable commentary in violation of the publicity or propaganda prohibition" in federal law.

In the course of its work, the accountability office discovered a previously undisclosed instance in which the Education Department had commissioned a newspaper article. The article, on the "declining science literacy of students," was distributed by the North American Precis Syndicate and appeared in numerous small newspapers around the country. Readers were not informed of the government's role in the writing of the article.

The auditors also denounced a prepackaged television news story disseminated by the Education Department. The news segment, a "video news release" narrated by a woman named Karen Ryan, said that Bush's program for providing remedial instruction and tutoring to children "gets an A-plus."

Ryan also narrated two videos praising the new Medicare drug benefit last year. In those segments, as in the education video, the narrator ended by saying, "In Washington, I'm Karen Ryan reporting."

The prepackaged television news segments on education and on Medicare did not inform audiences that they had been prepared and distributed by the government.

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/3377364

tripple fire walls...

no mad cows in the USA...

young dying from cjd in USA, (33 year old NY one example now, that was a deer hunter) but it's all sporadic cjd...

CWD/scrapie do not transmit to humans, even though both are rampant in the USA, both transmit to primates, and both have been fed to cattle for decades...

etc. etc., does it all not sound just too good to be true? well it is, this is just more of there paid for media PR lies. ...

still disgusted, appalled and ashamed in Bacliff, Texas USA





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