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From: TSS (216-119-134-159.ipset14.wt.net)
Subject: Czech Authorities Confirm 14th BSE Case GAIN Report Number: EZ4021
Date: September 24, 2004 at 10:47 am PST

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Subject: Czech Authorities Confirm 14th BSE Case
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2004 11:20:43 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Voluntary Report - public distribution
Date: 9/17/2004
GAIN Report Number: EZ4021
EZ4021
Czech Republic
Livestock and Products
Czech Authorities Confirm 14th BSE Case
2004
Approved by:
Sarah Hanson
U.S. Embassy
Prepared by:
Petra Choteborska
Report Highlights:
On September 1, 2004, the State Veterinary Administration (SVA)
confirmed the fourteenth
case of BSE in the Czech Republic. The concerned animal was an
eight-year old cow, born on
May 1, 1996 on a cooperative farm in Hrejkovice in Southern Bohemia. In
the next months,
92 cows of cohort will be destroyed and tested.
Includes PSD Changes: No
Includes Trade Matrix: No
Unscheduled Report
Vienna [AU1]
[EZ]
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
GAIN Report
Global Agriculture Information Network
Template Version 2.09
GAIN Report - EZ4021 Page 2 of 2
UNCLASSIFIED USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
On September 1, 2004, the State Veterinary Administration (SVA)
confirmed the fourteenth
case of BSE in the Czech Republic. The concerned animal was an
eight-year old cow, born on
May 1, 1996 on a cooperative farm in Hrejkovice in Southern Bohemia. The
cow was
slaughtered on August 26, 2004 for signs of an illness. In the next mo
nths, 92 cows of
cohort will be destroyed and tested.
Since February 2001, over 635,000 cows have been tested for BSE and 14
have been BSE
positive. Over 1,700 head of cohort have been destroyed since 2001. The
source of
disease is unknown, SVA suspects randomly contaminated feeds.
BSE cases since regular testing started in February 2001:
2004 6 cases (January, April, May, June, July, August)
2003 4 cases (May, two in October, November)
2002 2 cases (both October)
2001 2 cases (June, September)
BSE measures in the Czech Republic:
Since 1962 the Czech Republic had very strict rules for production of
meat bone meal even
though BSE was unknown. As of 1991 meat bone meal for forbidden for use
in feeds for
cattle. In September 1996 Central Epidemiology Commission of the Czech
Republic adopted
EUs regulation 94/449/EC on condition for processing meat bone meal
(temperature over
133 degrees Celsia, 20 minute time, pressure 3 bars, minimal size of
pieces 50 mm).
At the end of 2000, the EU started regular testing for BSE using quick
immunology tests.
The Czech Republic started testing at the end of 2000 using Western blot
method. As of
February 1, 2001, the State Veterinary Institutes in Praha and Jihlava
tests all animals older
than 30 months. In July 2001, the age limit was decreased to 24 months.
As of October
2001, the State Veterinary Institute in Olomouc started testing for BSE
using the Enfer test.
Currently, three veterinary institutes test BSE with Western blot and
Enfer tests.
Immunohistochemical test serves as the confirmation method.
In November 2003, meat bone meal was prohibited from use in any kind of
feed mixture
including feeds for swine and poultry.
The system of BSE testing and connected measures provide a good level of
assurance to
consumers that they are adequately protected against purchasing meat
from a BSE infected
animal. Consumer trust in the veterinary authority is high and demand
for beef has not
dropped.
Related reports:
EZ4018 Czech Authorities Confirm 13th BSE Case
EZ4014 Czech Authorities Confirm 12th BSE Case
EZ4013 Czech Authorities Confirm 11th BSE Case
EZ3016 SVA Confirms Eighth Case of BSE
EZ3013 SVA Confirms Sixth and Seventh Cases of BSE
EZ3011 Livestock Annual
EZ1007 First BSE Case and Beef Export Subsidies
EZ1001 Measures Taken Against BSE

http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200409/146107570.pdfTSS

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