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From: TSS ()
Subject: Understanding the scope of BSE danger
Date: February 18, 2007 at 9:11 am PST

Understanding the scope of BSE danger
By Terry S. Singeltary, Sr.
Feb 11, 2007

IN reply to:

Latest Alberta BSE case leaves little doubt: Canada has a problem By R-CALF USA media release
Feb 10, 2007

Billings, Mont. - On Wednesday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced yet another case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) discovered in a "mature bull" in Alberta.

"Although Canadian headlines tend to say this is Canada's ninth case of BSE, it is important to note that this latest incident is actually the 10th case of BSE in native Canadian cattle, because the BSE-positive cow discovered in Washington state in December 2003 was imported into the U.S. from Canada," noted R-CALF USA Vice President and Region VI Director Max Thornsberry. "In addition to the 10 native Canadian cases, in December 1993, BE was discovered in a cow imported into Canada from England.

Thornsberry also is a veterinarian and chairs R-CALF USA's Animal Health Committee.

"This demonstrates just how ridiculous and premature it is for our government to be considering even further relaxations of our import standards that would allow into the U.S. imports of Canadian cattle older than 30 months (OTM) of age, as well as the government's intention to allow into the U.S. beef products from Canadian cattle of any age," Thornsberry continued. "OTM cattle in a BSE-affected country bear an inherently higher risk for the disease, so R-CALF calls for the immediate withdrawal of this proposed rule.

"Furthermore, in light of the clear ongoing problem with BSE in Canada, we question whether Canada meets the regulatory requirements of a so-called 'BSE Minimal Risk Region' under the regulations issued by USDA in January 2005 regarding imports of cattle and beef from countries affected by this disease," Thornsberry emphasized.

R-CALF USA currently has an appeal before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in litigation filed by cattle producers in January 2005, which challenges the regulations issued by USDA as arbitrary and capricious, and not based on what scientists actually know about BSE. If R-CALF USA is successful in court with this challenge against USDA, the agency will be forced to address the problem of BSE in Canadian cattle and reduce the chance of spreading the disease in the United States.

"Canada is still not doing sufficient BSE testing to ascertain the magnitude of its problem with this disease," added R-CALF USA Region II Director Randy Stevenson, who also co-chairs the R-CALF USA Marketing Committee. "Because we don't already have COOL (country-of-origin labeling), and because we are currently commingling Canadian cattle and beef with U.S. cattle and beef, this case will further complicate U.S. efforts to restore beef export markets lost since 2003."

"Additionally, Canada has not yet implemented improvements to its 1997 feed ban, which were announced in July 2006, despite the obvious and increasing evidence of the widespread exposure of Canadian cattle to this disease," said R-CALF USA Region VII Director Eric Nelson. "Canada has had four known cases of BSE born after the 1997 implementation of its original feed ban, three of which were known to have been born years later."

R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America) is a national, non-profit organization and is dedicated to ensuring the continued profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. R-CALF USA represents thousands of U.S. cattle producers on both domestic and international trade and marketing issues. Members are located across 47 states and are primarily cow/calf operators, cattle backgrounders, and/or feedlot owners. R-CALF USA has more than 60 affiliate organizations and various main-street businesses are associate members. For more information, visit or, call 406-252-2516.

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Understanding the scope of BSE danger

By Terry S. Singeltary, Sr.
Feb 11, 2007

This is like the pot calling the kettle black.

I agree with Dr. Thornsberry's assessment that Canada has a problem with BSE, the EFSA BSE GBR risk assessment says this. BUT what Dr. Thornsberry fails to tell you is that the USA has the same problem, the EFSA BSE GBR risk assessment says this, along with Mexico, that they are all BSE GBR III.

You see this is why the BSE MRR policy was brought forth. Commodities and Futures, and the legal trading of all strains of TSE (Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopthy) globally. THE BSE MRR policy, a legal tool that the OIE and the USDA (GW Bush) brought forth to legally get around the attempt to eradicate BSE globally i.e the BSE GBR's and the trade policy surrounded it. THEY knew the attempted BSE firewalls had failed terribly in the USA. THEY knew there were serious problems, and they did the 'end around', the BSE MRR policy.

IF not for the Honorable Phyllis Fong of the OIG, no other mad cow in the USA would have been documented but that Washington BSE cow back in Dec. of 2003. THIS has all been proven in hearings, testimony, and Dr. Paul Brown of the CDC has been highly critical of the USDA and Canadian Food Agency about this, along with Dr. Linda Detwiler and many others.

CJD in the USA has been on the rise also. THE UKBSEnvCJD mad cow hamburger food only theory, is a small part, of a much larger problem. The medical, surgical, and pharmaceutical industry plays a huge role in this. You may not hear much about it, but believe me, behind closed doors and at meetings, they have been concerned for years. sporadic Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease i.e. sporadic CJD, simply means CJD of unknown origin, and it has been on the rise in the USA over the years, and we have atypical strains that are being documented, with some being documented in the young. Its the undocumented ones I am worried about, the medical, surgical, and dental ramifications surrounding them, who they may have exposed?

THE USA is in a most unique situation, one of unknown circumstances with human and animal TSE. THE USA has the most documented TSE in different species to date, with substrains growing in those species (BSE/BASE in cattle and CWD in deer and elk, there is evidence here with different strains), and Scrapie in the USA has run rampant for decades. We know that scrapie transmits to primates through their non-forced oral consumption. We know that sheep scrapie has over 20 strains of the typical scrapie with atypical scrapie documented and also BSE is very likely to have passed to sheep. All of which have been rendered and fed back to animals for human and animal consumption, a frightening scenario. USA is still feeding cows to cows as late as 2006. WE do not know the outcome, and to play with human life around the globe with the very likely TSE tainted products from the USA, in my opinion is like playing Russian roulette, of long duration, with potential long and enduring consequences, of which once done, cannot be undone.

These are the facts as I have come to know through daily and extensive research of TSE over 9 years, since 12/14/97. I lost my mother to the hvCJD. I do not pretend to have all the answers, but I do know to continue to believe in the ukbsenvcjd only theory of transmission to humans of only this one strain from only this one TSE from only this one part of the globe, will only lead to further failures, and needless exposure to humans from all strains of TSE, and possibly many more needless deaths from TSE via a multitude of proven routes and sources via many studies with primates and rodents and other species.

MY personal belief, is that not only the Canadian border, but the USA border, and the Mexican border should be sealed up tighter than a drum for exporting theit TSE-tainted products until a validated, 100% sensitive test is available, and all animals for human and animal consumption are tested. All we are doing is the exact same thing the UK did with ther BSE mad cow poisoning when they exported it all over the globe, all the while knowing what they were doing.

This BSE MRR policy is nothing more than a legal tool to do just exactly what the UK did, thanks to the OIE and GW, it's legal now. FOR R-Calf, or anyone else to pretend that Canada has a more serious problem with BSE than the USA, with the way cattle and feed has been transported back and forth over the years, with the way the USDA has stumbled, bumbled, and fumbled the football with BSE surveillance, fed bans, firewalls, and triple firewalls, testing protocols flawed, downer testing flawed, it was like they were doing everything they could NOT to find and document it. Even the SRM ban that Canada has will surpass that of the USA when it goes into effect this year in 2007. TO even suggest that Canada has a worse problem with BSE under the present circumstances is a hoot, one that should be taken with great suspicion.

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


18 January 2007 - Draft minutes of the SEAC 95 meeting (426 KB) held on 7
December 2006 are now available.


64. A member noted that at the recent Neuroprion meeting, a study was
presented showing that in transgenic mice BSE passaged in sheep may be more
virulent and infectious to a wider range of species than bovine derived BSE.

Other work presented suggested that BSE and bovine amyloidotic spongiform
encephalopathy (BASE) MAY BE RELATED. A mutation had been identified in the prion protein gene in an AMERICAN BASE CASE THAT WAS SIMILAR IN NATURE TO A MUTATION FOUND IN CASES OF SPORADIC CJD.

3:30 Transmission of the Italian Atypical BSE (BASE) in Humanized Mouse

Models Qingzhong Kong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pathology, Case Western Reserve University

Bovine Amyloid Spongiform Encephalopathy (BASE) is an atypical BSE strain
discovered recently in Italy, and similar or different atypical BSE cases
were also reported in other countries. The infectivity and phenotypes of
these atypical BSE strains in humans are unknown. In collaboration with
Pierluigi Gambetti, as well as Maria Caramelli and her co-workers, we have
inoculated transgenic mice expressing human prion protein with brain
homogenates from BASE or BSE infected cattle. Our data shows that about half of the BASE-inoculated mice became infected with an average incubation time of about 19 months; in contrast, none of the BSE-inoculated mice appear to be infected after more than 2 years.

***These results indicate that BASE is transmissible to humans and suggest that BASE is more virulent than classical BSE in humans.***
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