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From: TSS ()
Subject: INCREASED VERIFICATION OF HUMANE HANDLING REQUIREMENTS IN LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER ESTABLISHMENTS - what about the children ?
Date: March 18, 2008 at 11:47 am PST

FSIS NOTICE
17-08
3/10/08
DISTRIBUTION: Electronic
NOTICE EXPIRES: 4/1/09 OPI: OPPD
INCREASED VERIFICATION OF HUMANE HANDLING REQUIREMENTS IN LIVESTOCK
SLAUGHTER ESTABLISHMENTS


http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/17-08.pdf


FSIS NOTICE
16-08
3/10/08
DISTRIBUTION: Electronic
NOTICE EXPIRES: 4/1/09 OPI: OPPD
HUMANE HANDLING ACTIVITIES AND DOCUMENTATION IN LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER
ESTABLISHMENTS


http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/16-08.pdf


not a word about all the children exposed to the most high risk animal for
mad cow disease i.e. non-ambulatory downers. not a word.


TO THE CHILDREN OF THE USDA CERTIFIED NON-AMBULATORY DOWNER COW SCHOOL LUNCH
PROGRAM.
out of sight, out of mind. possibly literally in anywhere from 16 years to
22 years i.e. incubation period for nvCJD in children.

God bless America, and all the industries that control it now. ...TSS


Science 23 November 2001:
Vol. 294. no. 5547, pp. 1726 - 1728
DOI: 10.1126/science.1066838

Reports

Estimation of Epidemic Size and Incubation Time Based on Age Characteristics
of vCJD in the United Kingdom

Alain-Jacques Valleron,1 Pierre-Yves Boelle,1 Robert Will,2 Jean-Yves
Cesbron3


SNIP...


The distribution of the vCJD incubation period that best fits the data
within the framework of our model has a mean of 16.7 years, with a standard
deviation of 2.6 years. The 95% upper percentile of this distribution is
21.4 years. The 95% confidence interval (CI) of the estimates of the mean
and standard deviation is relatively narrow: The 95% CI for the estimate of
the mean incubation period is 12.4 to 23.2 years, and the 95% CI of the
standard deviation is 0.9 to 8 years (10). The decrease in susceptibility to
infection in exposed subjects older than 15 years, as estimated from the
parameter , was found to be very sharp: 16% per year of age (CI: 12 to 23%).
This means that, under the best fitting hypothesis, an individual aged 20
years in 1981 had 55% less risk of becoming infected than a child aged 15
years (99.9% for an individual aged 70).

http://www.sciencemag.org/


NOW, the price of poker in the USA may be shorter, due to the fact the
strain of mad cow disease in the USA (h-BASE) is more virulent to humans,
thus, the incubation period, for the same titre log of infectivity, via same
route and source, might be faster. ...TSS

Audit Report

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Surveillance Program - Phase II

and

Food Safety and Inspection Service

Controls Over BSE Sampling, Specified Risk Materials, and Advanced Meat
Recovery Products - Phase III

Report No. 50601-10-KC January 2006

Finding 2 Inherent Challenges in Identifying and Testing High-Risk Cattle
Still Remain

Our prior report identified a number of inherent problems in identifying and
testing high-risk cattle. We reported that the challenges in identifying the
universe of high-risk cattle, as well as the need to design procedures to
obtain an appropriate representation of samples, was critical to the success
of the BSE surveillance program. The surveillance program was designed to
target nonambulatory cattle, cattle showing signs of CNS disease (including
cattle testing negative for rabies), cattle showing signs not inconsistent
with BSE, and dead cattle. Although APHIS designed procedures to ensure FSIS
condemned cattle were sampled and made a concerted effort for outreach to
obtain targeted samples, industry practices not considered in the design of
the surveillance program reduced assurance that targeted animals were tested
for BSE.


USDA/OIG-A/50601-10-KC Page 27

observe these animals ante mortem when possible to assure the animals from
the target population are ultimately sampled and the clinical signs
evaluated.

snip...

http://www.usda.gov/oig/webdocs/50601-10-KC.pdf

GAO-05-51 October 2004 FOOD SAFETY

over 500 customers receiving potentially BSE contaminated beef .....

* GAO-05-51 October 2004 FOOD SAFETY (over 500 customers receiving
potentially BSE contaminated beef) - TSS 10/20/04

October 2004 FOOD SAFETY
USDA and FDA Need
to Better Ensure
Prompt and Complete
Recalls of Potentially
Unsafe Food

snip...

REPORTS

1. Food Safety: USDA and FDA Need to Better Ensure Prompt and Complete
Recalls of Potentially Unsafe Food. GAO-05-51, October 7.tss


http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d0551.pdf


Highlights -

http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d0551high.pdf


SADLY, DEC 2005 SHOWS THAT WE STILL HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEM WITH BSE/TSE MAD
COW DISEASE FEED


GAO


GAO-06-157R FDA Feed Testing Program

October 11, 2005


SNIP...FULL TEXT 29 PAGES ;


http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06157r.pdf


SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM FROM DOWNER CATTLE UPDATE

http://downercattle.blogspot.com/


MAD COW FEED IN COMMERCE USA

http://madcowspontaneousnot.blogspot.com/2008/02/specified-risk-materials-srm.html


http://madcowspontaneousnot.blogspot.com/2008/01/january-2008-update-on-feed-enforcement.html


TSS




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