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From: TSS ()
Subject: To the hard working employees of USDA and their untiring efforts to protect our childrens food supply
Date: March 2, 2008 at 6:06 pm PST

i was going through old documents/files today and ran across a 'untitled' one.
opened it up, and thought it appropriate for today. please note i added to it at
the bottom i.e. addendum II 2008. ...TSS

To the hard working employees of USDA and their untiring efforts to protect our food supply

Little is known and much has been written
Of the deadly disease with which some have been smitten
It is certainly true there have been but a few
But down on the farm there is cause for alarm

It causes great stress to the CNS
T’is a strain on the brain as we shall soon see
The causative agent is anyone’s guess
A transmissible spongiform encephalopathy

Sheep Scrapie somehow in the UK to Mad Cow
Here in the US it is anyone’s guess
It’s not perfectly clear how our elk and our deer
Both the tame and the free got CWD

To the best of our knowledge out west at a college
Where they happened to keep some deer penned with sheep
They didn't know why the deer started to die
Because they did not know they let the rest go

Now from Washington state comes news that’s not great
Ann Veneman tells us how they have found a MAD COW
The Federal Vet said she’s a “down cow” you bet
But Dave Louthan the talker say’s she was a “walker”

She was grist for the mill, she went regular kill
So they started to track when the test did come back
But that was 2 weeks later and people had ate her
The meat was consumed and the recall was doomed

Now we must remember this occurred in December
Ann and Bush have no fears, they’ll have beef for New Years


There was no proper test In a plant way out west
The old cow was unwell, she staggered and fell
“We don’t want her” said Ronald, “she’s not for McDonald”
The vet made a call and was told not to test after all

Headquarters told Lonestar “we cant send a car”
“It’s too long a trip, you don’t know how to ship”
No brainstem will you tender, just send her to render
We don’t want a section - wait till after election

by the Bard of Bismarck, the Old Curmudgeon
Earl Fairbanks DVM USDA Ret.

addendum II 2008. ...TSS

To the hard working employees of USDA and their untiring efforts to protect our childrens food supply

and who gives a fickle, if the last two were atypical,
more virulent to animals and man, we'll grind em and crush em,
even the stumbling and staggering ones.

those diseased, those sick, the ones injured, be quick.
another shot of antibiotics or hormones, it matters not.
it's profit, it's profit, look at all we got $$$

those downers, those downers, the ones that cannot stand,
oh where, oh where, can they go? with the fork lift at hand,
they chain em and stand, and drag them to where know one goes.
we'll shock em, and poke em, even waterboard em, and then off to
the children they go.

in a long case study, we'll wait and wonder, watching for every
little twitch, which one of these children, will be the first to
succumb, to the monster we know as the mad cow prion.

100% fatal, for those that go clinical, with no therapy there is.
you wait and wonder, as the mind goes, wondering how many others
might have been exposed. there is no test, without any guess,
you don't care to know.

and for those that lay claim, to no one is sick, beware, beware, for
these are the facts. the mad cow prion, can lay dormant before it
attacks. for years and years, and even decades to come, your children,
will incubate, before they might succumb.

while Washington flounders, the mad cows still wanders, the downers
they continue to go, to the cattle feed, to the childrens food and on, nobody knows.
from waxman, to durbin, to bush, to leahy, the lies, and promises abound,
they just seem to go round and round $$$

it's a sad, sad mess i have come to know, but the downers, all the
downers, off to the incinerator they must go. ...TSS 2008

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Food Safety

Failure To Test Staggering Cow May Reflect Wider Problems
Rep. Waxman raises concerns that the recent failure of USDA to test an impaired cow for BSE
may not be an isolated incident, citing the failure of USDA to monitor whether cows condemned
for central nervous system symptoms are actually tested for mad cow disease.

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy
Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing
On Mad Cow Disease
January 27, 2004

For years I have joined with Senator Akaka in attempting to restrict downers from the human food
supply, thus I am pleased the Department reversed course and will now implement the Downed Animal
Protection Act that was contained in the 2002 Farm Bill for cattle.


Briefing Report: Mad Cow Disease

2/11/2004 - For Immediate Release

Recent Actions

On December 30, 2003, United States Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman announced additional
safeguards to bolster the U.S. protection system against BSE and to further protect public health.
Downer cattle and specified risk material and tissues will immediately be banned from the human food
chain. If people do not eat these dangerous parts of the cow, their risk of acquiring BSE is severely



Specified Risk Material SRM

Subject: [Docket No. 03-025IFA] FSIS Prohibition of the Use of Specified
Risk Materials for Human Food and Requirements for the Disposition of
Non-Ambulatory Disabled Cattle

Greetings FSIS,

I would kindly like to submit the following to [Docket No. 03-025IFA] FSIS
Prohibition of the Use of Specified Risk Materials for Human Food and
Requirements for the Disposition of Non-Ambulatory Disabled Cattle


Non-Ambulatory Disabled Cattle Broken bones and such may be the first signs
of a sub clinical BSE/TSE Non-Ambulatory Disabled Cattle ;

SUB CLINICAL PRION INFECTION MRC-43-00 Issued: Monday, 28 August 2000


A team of researchers led by Professor John Collinge at the Medical Research
Council Prion Unit1 report today in the Proceedings of the National Academy
of Sciences, on new evidence for the existence of a ?sub-clinical? form of
BSE in mice which was unknown until now. The scientists took a closer look
at what is known as the ?species barrier? - the main protective factor which

limits the ability of prions2 to jump from one species to infect another.
They found the mice had a ?sub-clinical? form of disease where they carried
high levels of infectivity but did not develop the clinical disease during
their normal lifespan. The idea that individuals can carry a disease and
show no clinical symptoms is not new. It is commonly seen in conventional
infectious diseases. Researchers tried to infect laboratory mice with
hamster prions3 called Sc237 and found that the mice showed no apparent
signs of disease. However, on closer inspection they found that the mice had
high levels of mouse prions in their brains. This was surprising because it
has always been assumed that hamster prions could not cause the disease in
mice, even when injected directly into the brain. In addition the
researchers showed that this new sub-clinical infection could be easily
passed on when injected into healthy mice and hamsters. The height of the
species barrier varies widely between different combinations of animals and
also varies with the type or strain of prions. While some barriers are quite
small (for instance BSE easily infects mice), other combinations of strain
and species show a seemingly impenetrable barrier. Traditionally, the
particular barrier studied here was assumed to be robust. Professor John
Collinge said: "These results have a number of important implications. They
suggest that we should re-think how we measure species barriers in the
laboratory, and that we should not assume that just because one species
appears resistant to a strain of prions they have been exposed to, that they
do not silently carry the infection.

This research raises the possibility, which has been mentioned before, that
apparently healthy cattle could harbour, but never show signs of, BSE. "This
is a timely and unexpected result, increasing what we know about prion
disease. These new findings have important implications for those
researching prion disease, those responsible for preventing infected
material getting into the food chain and for those considering how best to
safeguard health and reduce the risk that theoretically, prion disease could
be contracted through medical and surgical procedures."



PNAS | August 29, 2000 | vol. 97 | no. 18 | 10248-10253 Neurobiology

Species-barrier-independent prion replication in apparentlyresistant species

Andrew F. Hill*, Susan Joiner*, Jackie Linehan*, Melanie Desbruslais*, Peter
L. Lantos , and John Collinge*,

SEE FULL TEXT 17 pages ;

Thursday, February 21, 2008

TRANSCRIPT: Technical Briefing - Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company -

Release No. 0054.08

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Release No. 0046.08 Statement by Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer Regarding Hallmark/Westland
Meat Packing Company Two Year Product Recall

Release No. 0046.08

USDA Press Office (202) 720-4623

Geographical BSE Risk (GBR) assessments covering 2000-2006

Date : 01.08.2006

In this context, a word is in order about the US testing program. After the
discovery of the first (imported) cow in 2003, the magnitude of testing was
much increased, reaching a level of >400,000 tests in 2005 (Figure 4).
Neither of the 2 more recently indigenously infected older animals with
nonspecific clinical features would have been detected without such testing,
and neither would have been identified as atypical without confirmatory
Western blots. Despite these facts, surveillance has now been decimated to
40,000 annual tests (USDA news release no. 0255.06, July 20, 2006) and
invites the accusation that the United States will never know the true
status of its involvement with BSE.


Tuesday, September 12, 2006 11:10 AM

"Actually, Terry, I have been critical of the USDA handling of the mad cow
issue for some years, and with Linda Detwiler and others sent lengthy detailed
critiques and recommendations to both the USDA and the Canadian Food

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