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From: TSS (216-119-143-131.ipset23.wt.net)
Subject: Japan to Continue Demand That U.S. Apply Its Cattle Standards
Date: September 9, 2004 at 8:49 pm PST

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Subject: Japan to Continue Demand That U.S. Apply Its Cattle Standards
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 22:38:45 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Japan to Continue Demand That U.S. Apply Its Cattle Standards

Sept. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Japan's farm minister, Yoshiyuki Kamei, said his
nation will continue to demand that the U.S. apply the same standards of
testing cattle for mad cow disease that Japan does.

Japan is considering dropping its requirement for testing of cattle
younger than 21 months old, which could clear the way for the resumption
of some U.S. beef imports if the same standard is applied to the U.S.

Japan has banned U.S. beef imports since December, after mad cow
disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, which has a fatal human
form, was found in a cow in Washington state.

The U.S. has rejected Japan's demand that all cattle be tested, arguing
that current tests can't reliably detect the disease in animals under 30
months of age, which comprise the majority of cattle slaughtered each year.

Kamei on Tuesday said Japan's agricultural and health ministries would
review Japan's cattle testing procedures, depending upon findings from
the Food Safety Commission.

No decision has been made on whether Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro
Koizumi and U.S. President George W. Bush will discuss the issue in an
upcoming meeting, Kamei said.

Scientists have said humans who eat certain parts of animals infected
with mad cow disease may contract variant Cruetzfeldt- Jakob Disease, a
similar brain-wasting ailment that has been blamed for 142 human deaths
in the U.K. since 1990.

http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000101&sid=aKEtJYEg7uAE&refer=japan

> The U.S. has rejected Japan's demand that all cattle be tested,
> arguing that current tests can't reliably detect the disease in
> animals under 30 months of age, which comprise the majority of cattle
> slaughtered each year.
>

just because the test cannot reliably detect TSE in very young cattle,
does not mean the agent is not there. it's like saying that because
you cannot find the bank robbers, the bank did not get robbed.
oxymoron if i ever heard of one...

TSS


To contact the reporter on this story:
Issei Morita in Tokyo at imorita@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story:
Peter Hannam at phannam@bloomberg.net

Last Updated: September 9, 2004 22:55 EDT

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From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. [flounder@wt.net]
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2003 1:03 PM
To: fdadockets@oc.fda.gov
Cc: ggraber@cvm.fda.gov; Linda.Grassie@fda.gov; BSE-L
Subject: Docket No. 2003N-0312 Animal Feed Safety System [TSS SUBMISSION
TO DOCKET 2003N-0312]

Greetings FDA,

snip...

PLUS, if the USA continues to flagrantly ignore the _documented_ science to date about the known TSEs in the USA (let alone the undocumented TSEs in cattle), it is my opinion, every other Country that is dealing with BSE/TSE should boycott the USA and demand that the SSC reclassify the USA BSE GBR II risk assessment to BSE/TSE GBR III 'IMMEDIATELY'. for the SSC to _flounder_ any longer on this issue, should also be regarded with great suspicion as well. NOT to leave out the OIE and it's terribly flawed system of disease surveillance. the OIE should make a move on CWD in the USA, and make a risk assessment on this as a threat to human health. the OIE should also change the mathematical formula for testing of disease. this (in my opinion and others) is terribly flawed as well. to think that a sample survey of 400 or so cattle in a population of 100 million, to think this will find anything, especially after seeing how many TSE tests it took Italy and other Countries to find 1 case of BSE (1 million rapid TSE test in less than 2 years, to find 102 BSE cases), should be proof enough to make drastic changes of this system. the OIE criteria for BSE Country classification and it's interpretation is very problematic. a text that is suppose to give guidelines, but is not understandable, cannot be considered satisfactory. the OIE told me 2 years ago that they were concerned with CWD, but said any changes might take years. well, two years have come and gone, and no change in relations with CWD as a human health risk. if we wait for politics and science to finally make this connection, we very well may die before any decisions
or changes are made. this is not acceptable. we must take the politics and the industry out of any final decisions of the Scientific community. this has been the problem from day one with this environmental man made death sentence. some of you may think i am exaggerating, but you only have to see it once, you only have to watch a loved one die from this one time, and you will never forget, OR forgive...yes, i am still very angry... but the transmission studies DO NOT lie, only the politicians and the industry do... and they are still lying to this day...TSS


http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/03n0312/03N-0312_emc-000001.txt

Terry S. Singeltary Sr. P.O. BOX 42 Bacliff, TEXAS USA





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