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Subject: DEAD STOCK DOWNER COW BAN i.e. non-ambulatory policy still not changed by USDA May 1, 2008
Date: May 1, 2008 at 6:59 pm PST

DEAD STOCK DOWNER COW BAN i.e. non-ambulatory policy still not changed by
USDA most high risk cattle for BSE Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy

USDA isn't on board with beef industry's downer cow ban

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, April 29, 2008

By BEN GOAD Washington Bureau

Special Section: Chino Beef Recall

WASHINGTON - A week after the meat industry called for a ban on downer cows
in the nation's food supply, the U.S. Agriculture Department has not agreed
to change a policy that allows some sick or injured cows to end up on dinner

Downers -- animals too sick or hurt to stand for slaughter -- are generally
prohibited from the food supply, but current rules allow for exceptions.
Meat producers fought to preserve those exceptions until last week, when a
coalition of major industry groups reversed their position and joined animal
advocates and several lawmakers in calling for an absolute ban.

But Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer, who defended the current policy during
congressional hearings into the Chino meat recall, has remained silent.

"He's serious about addressing the issue," Agriculture Department spokesman
Chris Connelly said Monday. "There's no position being taken right now."

Schafer is mulling a ban as he awaits the results of a federal investigation
and audit now being conducted by the Agriculture Department's Office of
Inspector General, Connelly said.

Connelly said Schafer is not privy to ongoing developments in the two
probes, which are expected to last for months more.

He said a decision on moving forward with a ban could come before they
conclude, though he could provide no timeline.

Industry officials said delays are to be expected with any federal rule
change and said they've called upon the nation's meat plants to implement a
voluntary moratorium on slaughtering downers until a new policy can be

Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, called
the moratorium insufficient and said there is no guarantee that the
department will act at all, even with broad support for a halt to the
practice. Pacelle said the Agriculture Department should implement an
emergency rule to impose a ban at once.

"The USDA should take immediate action to adopt it," Pacelle said. "Downer
cows are now regularly getting into the food supply."

Downers are considered more likely to have mad cow disease and other
illnesses, and therefore pose a greater threat to people who eat them. The
Agriculture Department first began outlawing downer cows from food destined
for human consumption in 2004, after a cow in Washington State tested
positive for mad cow disease.

But cows that pass an initial inspection before they go down may still be
killed and sold for food if they are approved for slaughter by a veterinary

The Humane Society and other groups described the exception as a loophole
that meat producers can exploit to boost their profit, though it is unclear
how many downers are slaughtered each year.

In February, the Humane Society released video footage captured by an
undercover investigator at Chino's Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. showing
workers beating, dragging and otherwise mistreating downer cows at the
plant. Federal officials also determined that the video contained evidence
that downers were being slaughtered for food without the required approval
from a veterinary inspector.

That violation sparked the recall of 143 million pounds of beef from the
plant -- the largest recall of its kind in U.S. history.

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Federal meat inspection practices have since come under fire, particularly
in Washington where lawmakers have held a dozen congressional hearings,
often focusing on the allowance of downers in the food supply.

Beyond the investigation of what happened at Westland/Hallmark -- which
could have criminal repercussions -- the Office of Inspector General is
conducting a separate audit of meat plants to determine whether the Chino
case was isolated or part of larger national problem.

Meanwhile, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Ca., and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn.,
have introduced bills, in the Senate and House respectively, that would
create a strict downer ban.

But Schafer and industry officials resisted, testifying that the rules in
place, if followed, are sufficient to protect public health.

Then last week the industry agreed to a downer ban, pointing to concerns
over consumer confidence and strained international trade relations.

The American Meat Institute, The National Meat Association and The National
Milk Producers Federation, which together represent most of the nation's
meat producers, filed a petition seeking an absolute ban prohibiting any
downers from entering the food supply.

Animal-rights groups, lawmakers and California meat producers all hailed the

But the Agriculture Department has not responded to the petition, American
Meat Institute general counsel Mark Dopp said Tuesday. He described the
proposed ban as a straightforward rule change and said he hopes the
department would act soon, but cautioned that the formal process can be time

"The fact that everybody agrees it ought to be done doesn't mean they gave
the authority to skip a few steps in the process," Dopp said.

Meat industry officials discussed the ban with individual meat plant owners
before changing their position and found that most plants had already
stopped slaughtering downers, Dopp said.

Institute spokeswoman Janet Riley said information about the petition and
proposed moratorium was sent to roughly 5,000 members and industry
officials. News of the proposal was also carried by industry trade
publications, she said.

Riley and Dopp could provide no evidence that the moratorium is being
observed, though they said they believe it is.

Pacelle said he is less confident, emphasizing that only a concrete
regulation would ensure that downer cows would be kept out of the food

Representatives from Feinstein's and DeLauro's Washington offices said they
will continue to push their legislation to force a ban if the Agriculture
Department fails to act.

Reach Ben Goad at 202-661-8422 or

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (Variant) and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
(Prion Diseases) Description Since 1996, strong evidence has accumulated for
a causal relationship between ongoing outbreaks, primarily in Europe, of a
disease in cattle called bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or ?mad cow
disease?) and a disease in humans called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
(vCJD). Both disorders, which are caused by an unconventional transmissible
agent, are invariably fatal brain diseases with incubation periods typically
measured in years (1). Transmission of the BSE agent to humans, leading to
vCJD, is believed to occur via ingestion of cattle products contaminated
with the BSE agent; the specific foods associated with this transmission are
unknown. However, a recently published case-control study involving 132 vCJD
cases in the United Kingdom (UK) showed evidence of an increased risk for
vCJD associated with the frequency of consuming beef products likely to
contain mechanically recovered meat and head meat (such as burgers, meat
pies, and sausages) (2). Bioassays and molecular tests have enabled
identification of what World Health Organization consultants have classified
as ?high-infectivity? and ?lower infectivity? tissues of cattle with BSE
(3). The high-infectivity tissues include the brain, spinal cord, retina,
optic nerve, and dorsal root and trigeminal ganglia, suggesting that these
tissues can pose a relatively high risk of transmission. The lower
infectivity tissues include peripheral nerves (e.g., sciatic and facial
nerves), tonsils, nictitating membrane (third eye lid), distal ileum, bone
marrow, and possibly thigh muscle. The latter tissue from one cow with BSE
transmitted disease to highly BSE-sensitive transgenic mice at a rate
indicative of trace levels of infectivity.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Progress Report from the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance
Center April 3, 2008

who?s gonna be following these children over the next decade or so to see if
they contract CJD ? the USDA? FSIS? FDA? CDC? NIH? we must not forget, these
innocent children were exposed to the most high risk ?banned? animals for
BSE/TSE mad cow disease. the other firewall they were speaking of protecting
these children would have been the feed ban, which we now know was nothing
more than ink on paper. 3 suspect CJD cases as we speak in females under 30
in the USA, other young victims in the USA with CJD. who?s going to follow
the children from this nationwide long term case study of children to the
TSE agent via the most high risk animals i.e. dead stock downer cattle i.e..
non-ambulatory ???

To be published in the Proceedings of the Fourth International Scientific
Congress in Fur Animal Production. Toronto, Canada, August 21-28, 1988

Evidence That Transmissible Mink Encephalopathy Results from Feeding
Infected Cattle

R.F. Marsh* and G.R. Hartsough

?Department of Veterinary Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison,
Wisconsin 53706; and ^Emba/Creat Lakes Ranch Service, Thiensville, Wisconsin


Epidemiologic investigation of a new incidence of transmissible mink
encephalopathy (TME) in Stetsonville, Wisconsin suggests that the disease
may have resulted from feeding infected cattle to mink. This observation is
supported by the transmission of a TME-like disease to experimentally
inoculated cattle, and by the recent report of a new bovine spongiform
encephalopathy in England.



A New Incidence of TME. In April of 1985, a mink rancher in Stetsonville,
Wisconsin reported that many of his mink were ?acting funny?, and some had
died. At this time, we visited the farm and found that approximately 10% of
all adult mink were showing typical signs of TME: insidious onset
characterized by subtle behavioral changes, loss of normal habits of
cleanliness, deposition of droppings throughout the pen rather than in a
single area, hyperexcitability, difficulty in chewing and swallowing, and
tails arched over their _backs like squirrels. These signs were followed by
progressive deterioration of neurologic function beginning with locomoior
incoordination, long periods of somnolence in which the affected mink would
stand motionless with its head in the corner of the cage, complete
debilitation, and death.

Over the next 8-10 weeks, approximately 40% of all the adult mink on the
farm died from TME. Since previous incidences of TME were associated with
common or shared feeding practices, we obtained a careful history of feed
ingredients used over the past 12-18 months. ***The rancher was a ?dead
stock? feeder using mostly (>95%) downer or dead dairy cattle and a few
horses. Sheep had never been fed.


UK today ;

My son died of CJD ? now I want answers

A mother has told how her son was left unable to feed himself or even speak
by the rare variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Andy Black died five months
after being diagnosed with the killer brain bug ? the human strain of mad
cow disease.

During that time his mum Christine Lord was forced to watch helplessly as
the 24-year-old?s condition deteriorated.

She kept a vigil at her son?s bedside as she was forced to watch him die,
holding him for four days after his brain died before he finally passed away
at the family?s Southsea home on December 16.

Now Christine, who is a journalist, has vowed to get justice for Andy and
more than 200 people who have died from the disease in the UK.

She said: ?The memories of my son, the way he died and the fact it was
avoidable will stay with me for the rest of my life.

?I was by Andy?s side through all of this. For every procedure he went
through I was holding his hand.

?People need to know there are people who are still in charge of this
country who have allowed lives to be destroyed by CJD.?

It is believed Andy contracted CJD before 1994, but it can take years to
develop. His symptoms started to show at the end of 2006 when he became
tired and withdrawn.

However he was not diagnosed with the disease until July last year.
Christine never told Andy he had the disease. From then, his condition
deteriorated rapidly.

She said: ?They told me in a little room and then I had to go back in and
say everything was all right.

?How can you tell at 24-year-old man he?s dying from CJD?

?I had to cope with it. I?m his mum. I had to give Andy hope, even if it was
just for a day.?

Christine Lord?s quest for justice will be aired on BBC1?s Inside Out
programme at 7.30pm tomorrow.



THESE cases that have come about recently in the very young are most

a 22 year old last week died, she is suspect nvCJD. never left US.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. ? A 22-year-old Portsmouth woman is close to dying, and
family says doctors believe the human equivalent of Mad Cow Disease could be
the reason.

another young female suspect nvCJD that is 26 years old in Alabama, She is
in the final stages of CJD. She is at home in a hospital bed?very skinny?and
at times in the past month has had some eating and swallowing issues.
Sometimes she rallies and starts eating again. She stopped walking at
Christmas. they do not expect her to live much longer than May, since that
would be 14 months since her first major symptom of CJD (personal

AND now, a 3rd young female, 23 years old. hmmm, i am pondering about just
how long all those downers were in the school lunch program, and IS the
incubation period catching up now ??? is this the first of many more to come

Family fighting for answers about daughter?s disease

Reported by: Kristen Cosby Email: Last Update:
4/18 9:57 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ? A family is fighting for answers about their dying

Her family says doctors tell them 23 year old Rachel Woodard has a rare
brain disease that could be the human form of mad cow. She?s been
hospitalized for five months after she started having severe seizures.

?I?m scared to death I?m going to lose my daughter,? said her dad Norman

Rachel?s family says doctors have told them she has Creutzfeldt-Jakob
Disease? or CJD.

?He said he was 99 percent positive that?s what it is,? said Rachel?s Aunt
Loretta Mallard.

CJD can come from eating an animal diseased with mad cow. It can also hit
people completely by random.

?There is no treatment for cjd. its by definition a universally fatal
disease,? said epidemiologist Roger Sanderson.

CBS47 can?t confirm in Rachel has CJD. Privacy laws prevent her doctors from
talking about her health, but CJD can only truly be confirmed by a brain

The family says doctors are doubting their original diagnosis. Rachel?s dad
wants a second opinion, but he doesn?t have the power of surrogacy. Rachel
gave that to her boyfriend.

?I?m more scared of the hospitals misdiagnoses more than anything else. i?m
scared she?s going to die of a misdiagnoses,? said Woodard.

Rachel?s boyfriend, who has power attorney, wants to protect what is left of
Rachel?s privacy. He says after numerous attempts by medical experts, Rachel
?s family has failed to accept or understand the true diagnosis. In response
to her family?s request of a second opinion, he says Shands was her second
opinion because she was previously admitted back in December.

please see full text ;

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Cargill, National Beef Packing Engaged in Inhumane Practices

There is a growing number of human CJD cases, and they were presented last
week in San Francisco by Luigi Gambatti(?) from his CJD surveillance

He estimates that it may be up to 14 or 15 persons which display selectively
SPRPSC and practically no detected RPRPSC proteins.

Sunday, April 20, 2008 Progress Report from the National Prion Disease
Pathology Surveillance Center April 3, 2008

Atypical forms of BSE have emerged which, although rare, appear to be more
virulent than the classical BSE that causes vCJD.

see full text ;

MAD COW DISEASE terminology UK c-BSE (typical), atypical BSE H or L, and or
Italian L-BASE

CJD TEXAS (cjd clusters)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Interference at the EPA - Science and Politics at the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency

please see full text ;


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

03-025IFA 03-025IFA-2 Terry S. Singeltary


[Docket No. FSIS-2006-0011] FSIS Harvard Risk Assessment of Bovine
Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)

second line of lies... i mean defense i.e. fda mad cow feed ban ;

Friday, April 25, 2008

Substances Prohibited From Use in Animal Food or Feed [Docket No.
2002N-0273] (Formerly Docket No. 02N-0273) RIN 0910-AF46

Thursday, May 1, 2008

DEAD STOCK DOWNER COW BAN i.e. non-ambulatory policy still not changed by USDA May 1, 2008


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