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Subject: Re: Japan may remove cows aged 20 months or younger from test a key advisory panel on mad cow disease will recommend Monday
Date: September 3, 2004 at 8:39 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Japan may remove cows aged 20 months or younger from test a key advisory panel on mad cow disease will recommend Monday posted by TSS on September 3, 2004 at 7:05 pm:


A few comments on this ongoing fiasco please;

Farmers from Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, however, said they
want guarantees that the information they provide will remain
confidential. They fear that agro-terrorists could use it to introduce

you got to be shitten me (pardon the english). what agro-terrorists
are we speaking about here;

There are still many unknowns in the ambitious plan, which is being
developed by the government and agriculture industry as they follow in
the footsteps of other countries, such as Canada, which track livestock.
OH, I feel safer already;

The one that comes to dominate the report is that the revolving door of
officials who create USDA policy regarding these topics is a virtual
Whos Who of agribusiness movers and shakers. Such connections between
policy makers and Big Ag are rife, and there is simply no counterbalance
to speak for farmers and ranchers (AND CONSUMERS!TSS)
Philip Mattera, the author of the report, draws up a list that is
sickeningly long of USDA appointees who came to their positions after
working in the world of agribusiness.
USDA Secretary Ann M. Veneman was a board member of Calgene, a biotech
company. Under Secretary J.B. Penn was an executive at Sparks Companies,
a consulting firm that works with agribusiness. Mary Waters, the USDA
assistant secretary for Congressional relations, spent time as a senior
director and legislative counsel for ConAgra Foods.
And the list goes on.
The report conclusion is, at the very least, bothersome farmers and
consumers are vastly underrepresented by the organization that President
Abraham Lincoln established in 1862 to act as the people department.

2004 Food and Agriculture Conference: Has USDA Been Hijacked by

For now, the system is voluntary, though there's a good chance it
will become mandatory later.
no comment, as much as i would like to.

or that
they might be sued if disease outbreaks are traced to their farms.

i thought that was the point the tracking system, daaa$

Dale Lueck, an Aitkin County beef farmer, urged officials to make sure
that all 50 states develop compatible systems as livestock move across
state lines.

sure, why not do this for cattle and ignore the human aspect of tracking
CJD in all 50 states. probably would not help stop the spread of Icjd
anyway, what am i thinking.

Steve Peterson of Holstein Association USA called for a mandatory system
for trade reasons.
like i said, it's all about money.

More than 1.3 million farm animals have been
registered, with information including birthplaces, animal-to-animal
contacts and slaughter locations.
great, only 98.7 million cattle to go, if they were all cattle.
it would be nice to know the feeding habits of those same
animals in previous years.

Once it's up and running in the next few years, agriculture officials
said, the system will attempt to identify all animals and premises that
had direct contact with a foreign animal disease within 48 hours after

it is my opinion that they will find no more BSE/TSE in USA cattle for
"the next few years";

May 13, 2004

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.

- Letter to USDA



No mad cow results for nearly 500 cows

By Steve Mitchell
United Press International
Published 8/11/2004 11:23 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture failed
to test for mad cow disease or collect the correct portion of the brain
on nearly 500 suspect cows over the past two years -- including some in
categories considered most likely to be infected -- according to agency
records obtained by United Press International.

The testing problems mean it may never be known with certainty whether
these animals were infected with the deadly disease. Department
officials said these animals were not included in the agency's final
tally of mad cow tests, but the records, obtained by UPI under the
Freedom of Information Act, indicate at least some of them were counted...



Steve Mitchell is UPI's Medical Correspondent. E-mail
Copyright © 2001-2004 United Press International

WHERE oh where have all those downers gone? (SSS;-)

yep, still disgusted in Bacliff, Texas USA...TSS

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