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From: TSS (216-119-128-26.ipset8.wt.net)
Subject: Japan confirms 12th case of mad cow while USA continues to cover-up all mad cows only testing healthy cows
Date: September 13, 2004 at 6:38 am PST


Japan confirms 12th case of mad cow
9/13/2004, 7:47 a.m. CT The Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has confirmed a 12th case of mad cow disease, an official said Monday — the third case of the brain-wasting illness in the country this year.


The 5-year-old dairy cow tested positive for the disease formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, on Friday at a slaughterhouse in Shisui town in southern Kumamoto prefecture, spokesman official Toshinori Takano said.

More precise tests at a state-run infectious disease research institute confirmed the finding on Monday, Takano said.

The animal's meat and organs had not gone on the market, and its carcass will be incinerated, he said.

Japan's first case of mad cow disease — in September 2001 — was the first case outside of Europe, where it devastated cattle farms.

Within months of that case, the government banned the use of meat-and-bone meal — made from ruminant animal parts — in cattle feed, which authorities believe led to the outbreak.

The country's most recent confirmed case was in March.

http://www.nola.com/newsflash/national/index.ssf?/base/national-3/1095080042289280.xml&storylist=national

THE USA COVER-UP OF MAD COW DISEASE CONTINUES

USDA INC. : HOW AGRIBUSINESS WAS HIJACKED
REGULATORY POLICY AT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE {FULL TEXT}

snip...

PACKING USDA
What has happened in USDA goes beyond a process of capture intended to
restrict competition.
Thanks to its political influence, Big Agribusiness has been able to
pack USDA with appointees who
have a background of working in the industry, lobbying for it, or
performing research or other functions
on its behalf. These appointees have helped to implement policies that
undermine the regulatory
mission of USDA in favor of the bottom-line interests of agribusiness.
In other words, public
health and livelihoods are at stake.
To see that agribusiness has packed USDA with its apparent
representatives, one has only to look
at the biographies on the Department’s website of its roughly 45 top
officials, including the Secretary,
Deputy Secretary, Under Secretaries, Assistant Secretaries, Deputy Under
Secretaries, Deputy
Assistant Secretaries and heads of key offices. Many of the biographies
cite previous work with
agribusiness companies and their trade associations, lobbying firms and
research arms, including university
research centers bankrolled by the food industry. Additional research
makes clear that there
are approximately as many industry people among the appointees as there
are career civil servants.
Here are some examples of appointees with past industry ties (unless
otherwise noted, the source for
each affiliation is the individual’s biography on the USDA website):

snip...end

http://www.competitivemarkets.com/pdf/USDAagencyCapture.pdf
http://www.vegsource.com/talk/madcow/messages/92885.html
http://www.competitivemarkets.com/ocm1.html

HARVARD STUDY bought and paid for by your local cattle dealer
(USDA paid Harvard $800,000 for study) there 'gold standard' study
they use as the bible of all BSE studies.

original Risk Assessmen November 26, 2001)

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/bse/bse-riskassmt.html


SUPPRESSED PEER review of Harvard study October 31, 2002

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oa/topics/BSE_Peer_Review.pdf

Report of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Foreign Animal and
Poultry Diseases

Measures Relating to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
in the United States

February 13, 2004

Concerns Regarding Differing Opinions on Risk

The Subcommittee made many additional recommendations. However, the
Committee cannot adequately resolve the differing BSE risk assessment
presented by the Subcommittee as compared to the assessment by Harvard
University. A major discrepancy exists with the Subcommittee’s
conclusions that BSE continues to circulate, or even amplify, in the US
and North America, when compared with the Harvard risk assessment. The
Committee must have this issue of risk resolved prior to completing its
recommendations to the Secretary. It is imperative that the Secretary
has the best available science and more precise risk assessments in
order to make appropriate regulatory decisions.

Recommendations by the Committee

· Prior to implementing regulatory changes in addition to what USDA
and FDA have already announced, the Committee recommends that
representatives of Harvard University be asked to review the
Subcommittee Report and its findings (Harvard and the Subcommittee
should communicate directly and come to consensus if possible) in light
of the risk model they have previously developed and report back to the
Secretary and this Committee;
· Immediately develop and implement an enhanced national surveillance
program for BSE to increase testing of high risk animals (cattle showing
symptoms of central nervous system disease, non-ambulatory cattle, and
cattle that die on farms); this action will further the scientific
evaluation of risk for BSE in the U.S. and North America;
· Concurrent with an enhanced surveillance for BSE, a comprehensive
system must be implemented to facilitate adequate pathways for dead and
non-ambulatory cattle to allow for collection of samples, and for
proper, safe disposal of carcasses; this must be done to ensure
protection of public health, animal health and the environment; such as
system will require expending federal resources to assist with costs for
sampling, transport and safe disposal;

snip...

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/bse/bse_sec_adv_comm.doc

REPORT ON MEASURES RELATING TO
BOVINE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY (BSE)
IN THE UNITED STATES

2 February 2004

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/bse/US_BSE_Report.doc


Subject: INTERNATIONAL BSE/TSE EXPERT SAYS "We believe that the
infection in North America took place at least 10 years
Date: February 5, 2004 at 9:18 am PST


Mad cow has home on U.S. ranges

International experts say the disease is "indigenous" to North America, and
it will take drastic measures to stop its spread.

Kihm said he thought that infection of the North American herd had begun
before the disease was diagnosed extensively in Britain and linked to
human deaths but that it only recently had spread to detectable levels
in Canada and the United States.

"We believe that the infection in North America took place at least 10
years ago," Kihm said. "You need one cycle before you have a few animals
positive, and you don't see them in the first cycle. You need a second
or a third."

The findings were presented to a USDA subcommittee appointed by Veneman.
Some members expressed frustration.

http://www.oregonlive.com/special/madcow/index.ssf?/special/oregonian/madcow/040205_home.html

[PDF] GAO-02-183: Mad Cow Disease: Improvements in the Animal Feed Ban
...

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d02183.pdf

Summary of the Scientific Report

The European Food Safety Authority and its Scientific Expert Working
Group on the Assessment of the Geographical Bovine Spongiform
Encephalopathy (BSE) Risk (GBR) were asked by the European Commission
(EC) to provide an up-to-date scientific report on the GBR in the United
States of America, i.e. the likelihood of the presence of one or more
cattle being infected with BSE, pre-clinically as well as clinically, in
USA. This scientific report addresses the GBR of USA as assessed in 2004
based on data covering the period 1980-2003.

The BSE agent was probably imported into USA and could have reached
domestic cattle in the middle of the eighties. These cattle imported in
the mid eighties could have been rendered in the late eighties and
therefore led to an internal challenge in the early nineties. It is
possible that imported meat and bone meal (MBM) into the USA reached
domestic cattle and leads to an internal challenge in the early nineties.

A processing risk developed in the late 80s/early 90s when cattle
imports from BSE risk countries were slaughtered or died and were
processed (partly) into feed, together with some imports of MBM. This
risk continued to exist, and grew significantly in the mid 90s when
domestic cattle, infected by imported MBM, reached processing. Given the
low stability of the system, the risk increased over the years with
continued imports of cattle and MBM from BSE risk countries.

EFSA concludes that the current GBR level of USA is III, i.e. it is
likely but not confirmed that domestic cattle are (clinically or
pre-clinically) infected with the BSE-agent. As long as there are no
significant changes in rendering or feeding, the stability remains
extremely/very unstable. Thus, the probability of cattle to be
(pre-clinically or clinically) infected with the BSE-agent persistently
increases.

http://www.efsa.eu.int/science/efsa_scientific_reports/gbr_assessments/573_en.html

THE MAD COW DOWNER THAT WALKED

Dave Louthan - Killed the Mad Cow
http://maddeer.org/video/embedded/louthan.html

Senator Michael Machado from California

''USDA does not know what's going on''.

''USDA is protecting the industry''.

''SHOULD the state of California step in''


Stanley Prusiner

''nobody has ever ask us to comment''

''they don't want us to comment''

''they never ask''


i tried to see Venemon, after Candian cow was discovered with BSE.
went to see lyle. after talking with him... absolute ignorance... then
thought i should see Venemon... it was clear his entire policy was to
get cattle boneless beef prods across the border... nothing else
mattered... his aids confirmed this... 5 times i tried to see Venemon,
never worked... eventually met with carl rove the political... he is the
one that arranged meeting with Venemon... just trying to give you a sense
of the distance... healh public safety... was never contacted... yes i
believe that prions are bad to eat and you can die from them...END


Dr. Stan bashing Ann Veneman - 3 minutes


http://maddeer.org/video/embedded/08snip.ram


Recall Authority and Mad Cow Disease: Is the Current System Good for
Californians?

Tuesday, February 24, 2004
JOINT HEARING


AGRICULTURE AND WATER RESOURCES HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND SELECT
COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT - MACHADO, ORTIZ, and SPEIER, Chairs
Choose a RealPlayer video --->
Selected excerpts:

Opening Statement by Senator Michael Machado

http://maddeer.org/video/embedded/machado.html

HERE IS THE TEXAS MAD COW THAT WENT TO THE RENDER WITHOUT BEING TESTED
AND OTHER MULTIPLE FLAWS IN THE SYSTEM;

July 13, 2004

IG Audit Finds Multiple Flaws in Mad Cow Surveillance Plan
Rep. Waxman raises questions about the effectiveness and credibility of
USDA's response to mad cow disease, citing an audit by the USDA
Inspector General that finds systemic deficiencies in the Department's
surveillance plan and new evidence that USDA misled the public in the
wake of the detection of an infected cow in Washington State.

- Letter to USDA

http://www.house.gov/reform/min/pdfs_108_2/pdfs_inves/pdf_food_usda_mad_cow_july_13_ig_let.pdf


http://www.house.gov/reform/min/pdfs_108_2/pdfs_inves/pdf_food_usda_mad_cow_july_13_ig_let.pdf

IG Draft Audit

http://www.house.gov/reform/min/pdfs_108_2/pdfs_inves/pdf_food_usda_mad_cow_july_13_ig_rep.pdf


http://www.house.gov/reform/min/pdfs_108_2/pdfs_inves/pdf_food_usda_mad_cow_july_13_ig_rep.pdf

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

http://www.house.gov/reform/min/pdfs_108_2/pdfs_inves/pdf_food_usda_mad_cow_may_13_let.pdf

http://www.house.gov/reform/min/pdfs_108_2/pdfs_inves/pdf_food_usda_mad_cow_may_13_let.pdf

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THAT ONE TEXAS MAD COW IS ONLY TIP OF ICE BURG;

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...

snip...

--

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

http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040810-042935-2066r

EFSA Scientific Report on the Assessment of the Geographical BSE-Risk
(GBR) of the United States of America (USA)

Adopted July 2004 (Question N° EFSA-Q-2003-083)

[20 August 2004]

http://www.efsa.eu.int/science/efsa_scientific_reports/gbr_assessments/catindex_en.html

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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