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From: TSS (216-119-138-118.ipset18.wt.net)
Subject: Re: U.S.A. - 50 STATE BSE CONFERENCE CALL JAN. 9, 2001 (my notes) [REPLY TO USDA]
Date: January 10, 2001 at 2:11 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: U.S.A. - 50 STATE BSE CONFERENCE CALL JAN. 9, 2001 (my notes) [REPLY TO USDA] posted by TSS on January 10, 2001 at 2:10 pm:

Subject:
Re: USDA/APHIS response to BSE-L--U.S. 50 STATE CONFERENCE CALL Jan.9, 2001
Date:
Wed, 10 Jan 2001 13:07:52 -0800
From:
tom
Reply-To:
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To:
BSE-L@uni-karlsruhe.de
References:
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######### Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy #########

>would you and the USDA/APHIS be so kind as to supply
>this list with a full text version of the conference >call and or post on
>your web-site?

>if not, why not?
>
>> The system has been in place for over 10 years.
>
> only test 10,700 cattle from some 1.5 BILLION head (including
>calf crop). Especially since French >are testing some 20,000 weekly and
>the E.U. as a whole,

==-=-=

Right. The US has 101 million cows where as France has 5.7 million. This
being 17.7 as many cows, the US would need to test 17.7 x 20,000 = 354,386
cows a week to be testing proportionately. This compares to about 50 cows
a week tested now. In other words, the US needs to test 7,000 cows where
it is now testing 1 to keep up with international norms.

Once a country starts serious testing, they get religion. After stomaching
some bad results, then they want their trading partners to test just like
they did.

No one can predict what, if anything, would turn up in the US from a
European scale of testing. Right now the US has not been using the
international gold standard of the Prionics test.

Just as Austria and Belgium have been forced into unwilling testing, the US
is going to have to test at an adequate level or forget about foreign trade
in bovine byproducts, cosmetics, nutriceuticals, veterinary products, and
pharmaceuticals. You can see this just from announcements in Japan.

Nobody is going to buy into theoretical reasons why there shouldn't be BSE
in the US or Canada when the choice is real-world testing that proved so
informative in other theoretical countries such as Germany.

In my opinion, the US should have been preparing long ago for a soft
landing with the consumer instead of going with the heavy-handed germanic
denial system.

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