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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 26, 2006 at 12:59 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: OIE WEAKENS BSE GUIDELINES EVEN MORE FOR TRADE PURPOSES, putting humans further 'at risk' globally posted by TSS on May 25, 2006 at 7:08 am:

74th Annual General Session
of the International Committee
of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
21 – 26 May 2006

The 74th Annual General Session of the International Committee of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) was held in Paris from 21 to 26 May 2006 .

The General Session notably brings together representatives appointed by the Governments of the 167 OIE Member Countries.

Approximately 600 participants representing Member Countries, intergovernmental organisations (FAO, WHO, World Bank, WTO etc.) took part in the event. The Session was honoured by the presence, alongside the President and the Director General, of high-ranked authorities, including numerous Ministers of OIE Member Countries.

Member Countries praised the role played by the OIE in the global fight against avian influenza. They particularly saluted the agreement reached with the World Bank and key donors to support developing and in transition countries to invest in programmes aimed at bringing their Veterinary Services in line with OIE standards.

The main points dealt with during the Session were as follows:

- The session accredited the application of a new Collaborating Centre - the Centre for Disease Control (CDC in Atlanta ) - with the aim of better preventing and controlling animal diseases transmittable to human beings. It also recognized the crucial role played by the OIE network of 170 reference laboratories and collaborating centres in reaching the organization's objectives ;

- Member Countries welcomed the new World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS) that will strengthen OIE's actions in terms of transparency on state of animal diseases worldwide;

- Consistent with the framework of its usual standard-setting activities, the Committee adopted new and updated international standards aimed at providing better safeguards for the sanitary safety of world trade in terrestrial and aquatic animals and their products as well as guidelines to better implement surveillance of animal diseases and zoonoses on their territory.

- Member countries also voted new improvements to chapters about animal welfare and food safety in production phase;

- They adopted policy lines on identification and animal traceability;

- Special attention was given to updating the chapter on BSE in the Terrestrial Animal Health Code. Adopted texts highlighted global surveillance methods that will allow the OIE to propose willing Member Countries a new procedure for an official recognition of their status on the disease;

- The Session approved the lists of countries or zones recognized by the OIE as being free from foot and mouth disease, rinderpest, contagious bovine pleuropneumonia and bovine spongiform encephalopathy;

- Member Countries also decided that notification to the OIE of any detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in wildlife was to be compulsory;

- The list of Veterinary Critically Important Antimicrobials (VCIA) defined by OIE was published;

- The worldwide zoosanitary situation has been examined in detail ;

- Two technical items of biggest interest were presented and debated during the Session and gave rise to Resolutions passed by the International Committee:

- Economic and social justification of investment in animal health and zoonoses;

- Future approaches needed to ensure veterinary education meets societal demands.

The high level of scientific expertise of the speakers and the quality of the debates that followed the presentation of each technical item will have served to promote the global application of concepts that are essential for improved control of animal diseases and zoonoses.

The International Committee undertook the election of the new OIE President. Dr Barry O'Neil was elected for a three-year mandate. Members of the Administrative Commission, Regional Commissions and Specialist Commissions were also elected by the General Assembly.

May 2006


IN my opinion the WOAH/OIE is nothing more than a organized bunch of lobbyist for the members Countries in support of there INDUSTRY, bound together as one, with the only purpose of open trade for there precious commodities and futures. Speaking only of BSE, they failed at every corner, and then just said to hell with it, well just trade all strains of TSE globally. ...TSS


EFSA Scientific Report on the Assessment of the Geographical BSE-Risk (GBR) of the United States of America (USA)
Last updated: 19 July 2005
Adopted July 2004 (Question N° EFSA-Q-2003-083)

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.

Publication date: 20 August 2004

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