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From: TSS ()
Subject: GAO FINDS SAME FDA OLD MAD COW FLAWS IN USA
Date: November 9, 2005 at 7:25 am PST

Posted 11/9/2005 3:45 AM

Report finds flaws in mad cow disease-related testing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government investigators say testing is too slow at times to prevent cattle from eating feed that might be contaminated, just one flaw they cited in a program to help stop mad cow disease from spreading.
Feed safeguards are the most important firewall against mad cow disease, said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who sought the report the Government Accountability Office issued Wednesday.

"If FDA's testing program is not catching violations, and catching them in time, that needs to be corrected immediately," Harkin said.

FDA disputed the findings, arguing that the report unfairly focused on a small component of broad government efforts to stop mad cow disease.

The only way mad cow disease is known to spread is through feed containing certain tissue from infected animals. Adding animal protein to feed is commonly done to speed growth, but the U.S. has banned cattle protein in cattle feed since 1997.

Run by the Food and Drug Administration, the feed testing program is a small part of the government's campaign to keep mad cow disease out of the food chain for animals and people.

The program has many weaknesses, according to GAO, the investigative arm of Congress.

In half the feed samples analyzed, FDA took more than a month to determine whether banned cattle protein was present. Cattle feed is eaten quickly after it's manufactured, and the feed may have been consumed before tests are finished, GAO said. The report examined 989 samples analyzed from August 2003 through June.

Investigators said the agency required no documentation of its reviews and that FDA officials were lax in overseeing the testing program.

The FDA said a timeframe for testing is not critical to minimizing cattle's exposure to potentially contaminated feed.

"FDA relies on its overall inspection program, rather than analytical methods alone, to enforce the feed ban," agency officials wrote in a response included in the GAO report. FDA also inspects feed mills and other firms subject to the feed ban.

FDA officials also said existing tests can't tell the difference between banned cattle protein and protein that is allowed. The government does allow blood and restaurant plate waste in cattle feed.

Mad cow disease, the common name for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, has been found in more than two dozen countries, including the United States.

Eating meat products contaminated with infected tissue is linked to a rare, fatal illness, variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease, that has killed more than 150 people worldwide. Most of the deaths were in Britain, where there was an outbreak in the 1980s and 1990s. One person died in the United States but was living in Britain during the outbreak.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-11-09-mad-cow_x.htm

THESE reports on flaws by the fda et al by the GAO are a dime a dozen.

FACT is, they are meaningless. THIS administration just laughs at the

reports that show the USA mad cow surveillance and feed ban was a joke.

UNTIL action, serious action is taken 'monetory and jail time' and a

International Inquiry into TSE in North America, the agent will continue to

spread, expose and kill. FOR GODS SAKE, when you have Johanns trying

cover-up mad cows and ridicule the Honorable Phyllis Fong for finding the

mad cow he was trying to cover-up, we have a very serious problem, one

that cannot be handled internally with this administration. THIS is what

happens when you have corporate American running the Government;

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[GAO-05-101 ] Mad Cow Disease: FDA's Management of the Feed Ban Has Improved, but Oversight Weaknesses Continue to Limit Program Effectiveness
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http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/useftp.cgi?IPaddress=162.140.64.88&filename=d05101.txt&directory=/diskb/wais/data/gao

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[GAO-05-101 ] Mad Cow Disease: FDA's Management of the Feed Ban Has Improved, but Oversight Weaknesses Continue to Limit Program Effectiveness
Size: 104986 , Score: 1000 , TEXT , PDF , SUMMARY

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/useftp.cgi?IPaddress=162.140.64.88&filename=d05101.txt&directory=/diskb/wais/data/gao


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