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From: TSS ()
Subject: BSE on the rise in Poland
Date: May 2, 2006 at 2:30 pm PST

BSE on the rise in Poland

By staff reporter


28/04/2006 - Poland has confirmed a new case of BSE in one of its cows, as figures suggest the disease has crept forward in the country amid a rapid fall in outbreaks elsewhere in the world.

Poland's agriculture ministry said its routine sampling procedure had found a further case of mad cow disease in the country's Lodz province.
Veterinary authorities said they had begun investigating how the cow became infected.

The news shows how BSE, known in full as Bovine Spongiform Encepalopathy, continues to be a thorn in Poland's side as it works to improve food safety and quality standards.

Recent figures from the World Organisation for Animal Health, show that cases of BSE in Poland have been increasing over the last few years. The country reported no outbreaks between 1989 and 2000, but cases have crept up from four in 2001 to 19 last year.

The figures also found BSE cases rising, albeit on a small scale, in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czech Republic confirmed eight cases last year, compared to two in 2001.

The trend is something food safety watchdogs in Eastern Europe will be wary of amid reports of dramatic drops in BSE cases elsewhere in the world.

The number of BSE-infected cows fell by 50 per cent in 2005 compared to 2004, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, which worked closely with the World Organisation for Animal Health to compile its report.

The FAO said just 474 animals died of BSE around the world, compared with 878 in 2004 and 1,646 in 2003, and against a peak of several tens of thousands in 1992.

“It is quite clear that BSE is declining and that the measures introduced to stop the disease are effective," stated Andrew Speedy, an FAO animal production expert. "But further success depends on our continuing to apply those measures worldwide.”

European consumption of beef has slowly been rising as public fears have diminished. For the first time in 20 years consumption of beef and veal surpassed EU production in 2003 and is expected to grow further by 2012, according to a recent forecast report by the European Commission.

http://www.cee-foodindustry.com/news/ng.asp?id=67381

MY POINT EXACTLY...TSS


----- Original Message -----
From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr.
To: news@ens-news.com
Cc: christopher.matthews@fao.org
Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2006 5:41 PM
Subject: re-Mad Cow Disease Dying Out Worldwide


Greetings,


In reply to the statement made by the FAO AND OIE;


Mad cow disease on the wane worldwide
Rapid rate of decline encouraging
23 March 2006, Rome - Cases of Bovine Spongiform Encepalopathy (BSE) or “mad cow disease” worldwide are declining, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). They have been dropping at the rate of some 50 percent a year over the past three years, the Organization said today.

Amid the current international alarm over avian flu, it is good news that the battle against another worrying disease is being won.

In 2005, just 474 animals died of BSE around the world, compared with 878 in 2004 and 1646 in 2003, and against a peak of several tens of thousands in 1992, according to figures collected by the Paris-based World Animal Health Organization (OIE), with which FAO works closely.

Only five human deaths resulting from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), believed to be the human form of BSE, were reported worldwide in 2005. All of them were in the United Kingdom – the country most affected by the disease – where nine deaths were registered in 2004 and 18 in 2003. ...


http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000258/index.html

'Mad Cow Disease Dying Out Worldwide'
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/mar2006/2006-03-28-02.asp


I would kindly like to reply;


I find this statement to be without any merit at all. HOW can one conclude that BSE or other TSEs are dying out worldwide, when the surveillance of BSE/TSE to any creditable extent is only practiced in EU states and Japan. NO one knows the true extent in these other countries where a surveillance system for BSE/TSE has never been enforced. For example, in North America alone, the USDA et al have no idea what the true extent of the BSE/TSE are in the USA cattle population. ONE needs to look no further than the State of Texas and what has happened there time and time again with BSE in cattle. The first 500,000 test of the infamous June 2004 Enhanced BSE surveillance program was terribly flawed from the beginning, and proven to be so, with flawed BSE testing protocol with the IHC testing minus WB confirmation. THESE tests were meaningless and should be done over. HOW can one lay claim to mad cow dying out worldwide, when some countries have never even had a documented surveillance system for BSE/TSE set up? I find this report by the FAO and the OIE, which by the way, whos regulations of BSE failed us terribly to begin with, and continue to fail us today, especially by accepting the 'Minimal Risk Region' regulations the USA started, once the USA documented there first case of BSE. One only has to look at the countries that followed the BSE guidelines by the OIE, most of which all came down with BSE even after following the flawed protocol of the OIE. This report is terribly misleading and in fact in my opinion, it is FALSE, should be retracted and corrected with the truth. The truth is, BSE has been reduced greatly in most all EU countries that have indeed followed the ruminant to ruminant feed ban, cross contamination guidelines, etc. but they have no idea about the rest of the world, especially the USA and all of North America. This agent goes much further than the ukbsenvcjd only theory leads you do to believe. The USA is infected with CWD in deer and elk, scrapie in sheep and goats to a lesser extent, and TME in mink, besides the TSE i.e. BSE they have documented in the USA bovine, but what about atypical TSEs? (please see references below)

Thank you,
kind regards,

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

SOURCE ............SNIP..........END................TSS





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