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From: TSS ()
Subject: Re: OIE WEAKENS BSE GUIDELINES EVEN MORE FOR TRADE PURPOSES, putting humans further 'at risk' globally
Date: May 25, 2006 at 7:08 am PST

In Reply to: OIE WEAKENS BSE GUIDELINES EVEN MORE FOR TRADE PURPOSES, putting humans further 'at risk' globally posted by TSS on May 24, 2006 at 7:17 pm:

Under the previous guidelines of the World Organization for Animal Health, known commonly as OIE, the U.S. would have had to wait until 2013 before it could be recognized as a "negligible risk" country. Under the new guidelines, approved Wednesday by unanimous vote, there will be little or no waiting. "For the U.S., this is much better," said Alex Thiermann, an OIE chairman.......snip.........end

Alex Thiermann, "an OIE chairman" is an employee of APHIS, USDA.

Alejandro B. Thiermann

International Organisations Coordinator

U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA, APHIS

Dr. Thiermann is serving as International Organisations Coordinator in Paris, France, where he represents APHIS at relevant standard setting organisations dealing with animal health and international trade. This recent appointment in Paris resulted in response to his current leadership position in the standard setting committee of the OIE, as well as his past experience as twice chairman of the World Trade Organisation's Sanitary and Phytosanitary Committee (WTO-SPS).

During 1997 to 1999 he was elected Chairman of the World Trade Organisation, Sanitary and Phytosanitary Committee (WTO-SPS). From 1994 he served as the vice-president of the OIE' Code Commission and since 2000 he has served as president of this important standard-setting committee.

He served as a member of the U.S. delegations to the negotiation of the WTO, the IPPC, as well as serving as U.S. Coordinator for the Codex Alimentarius.

He joined APHIS in 1989 as the Deputy Administrator for International Services. Before joining APHIS, he served as the National Program Leader for animal health research under the USDA's Agriculture Research Service (ARS).

A native of Chile, he received his DVM degree from the University of Chile, and a PhD degree from the School of Medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. .............


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