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From: TSS (216-119-144-43.ipset24.wt.net)
Subject: USDA SEALED BORDERS LEAKING AGAIN WITH POTENTIAL BSE/TSE
Date: October 7, 2004 at 10:02 am PST

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: USDA SEALED BORDERS LEAKING AGAIN WITH POTENTIAL BSE/TSE
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2004 11:51:39 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


FSIS Recall

CLASS I RECALL

HEALTH RISK: HIGH

Congressional and Public Affairs

Matt Baun (202) 720-9113

FSIS-RC-038-2004

USDA DETAINS CANNED MEAT AND POULTRY PRODUCTS FROM UKRAINE

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2004-USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service today
announced that it is detaining an undetermined amount of canned meat and
poultry products that entered the country from Ukraine. Ukraine is not
eligible to export meat, poultry or egg products into the U.S. New World
Amazing International Inc., a Buffalo Grove, Ill., importing firm, is
also voluntarily recalling the product.

The products being detained and recalled are various weight cans of:

Note: the following product labels are printed in Cyrillic. Photographs
of these labels can be viewed on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov


+ "Pork Stew, Pork Stew in its own Juice."
+ "Liver Spread, Liver Spread in Oil."
+ "Liver Spread, Liver Spread in Pork Fat."
+ "Chicken Meat, Baby Chicken Meat."
+ "Kasha, Rice with Beef."
+ "Kasha, Buckwheat with Beef."
+ "Beef Stew, Beef Stew in its Own Juice."

FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of
this product. However, these products could present a health hazard to
consumers because Ukraine is not among the countries that are approved
to export meat and poultry into the U.S. As such, these products have
not been inspected by FSIS. Anyone concerned about an illness should
contact a physician.

FSIS has taken immediate steps to remove this product from commerce and
continues to investigate whether any unlawful actions have occurred.
Consumers who have purchased any meat or poultry product imported from
Ukraine are urged not to eat it but to return it to the place of purchase.

The products were distributed to Eastern European specialty food and
gourmet markets in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio
and Wisconsin.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall may call Milana
Grosfiler, company manager, at (847) 537-1337.

Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat
and Poultry Hotline at l-888-MPHotline. The hotline can be reached from
l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, and recorded
food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

#

Greetings list members,

NOW, lets see about the BSE GBR of Ukraine.
WELL, seem there was no BSE GBR for Ukraine?
This is very disturbing for USA to let these exports slip by again.
Seems Ukraine had cases of BSE, but was later denied?


Veterinary Services


Animal Products Export Regulations

USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

April 2004
UKRAINE/ Veterinary certificate for milk and milk products
Revised
April 2004
UKRAINE/ Veterinary certificate for technical gelatin (not for human
consumption), hides, horn-hoof, furs, sheep pelt, lambskin, goat
underfur raw material, wool, haircoat, horsehair, down and feather of
chicken, duck, goose, and other species
Revised
April 2004
UKRAINE/ Spray dried feed and feed additives of animal origin
New


January 2004
UKRAINE/Veterinary Certificate for technical gelatin (not intended for
human consumption), hides, horn-hoof, furs, sheep pelt, lambskin, goat
underfur raw material, wool, haircoat, horsehair, down and feather of
chicken, duck, goose, and other species
New
January 2004
UKRAINE/Veterinary Certificate for pet food
Replaced

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/ncie/iregs/products/historycurrent.html

MAP of Ukraine

IF i understand my Geography correctly,
SEEMS Ukraine is surrounded by many smaller Countries with documented BSE.
Poland, CZ., Hungary, Romania, Belarus, Russia, Moldova, just to name a
few;

http://travel.kyiv.org/map/

SO, why are we still allowing these potential BSE/TSE products into the
USA for
consumption if our borders are sealed with triple BSE/TSE firewalls
still in
2004?

THE damn non-species coding system is a BSE/TSE nightmare, let alone the
products that could carry the BSE/TSE agent that air traffic passengers have
brought into the USA;

* Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in Poland 05/07/02

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/ceah/cei/IW_2002_files/bse_poland0502.htm

* Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

in the Czech Republic 6/14/01

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/ceah/cei/IW_2001_files/bse_cz0601.htm


- Opinion the
Geographical Risk of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (GBR) in Romania
(Adopted on 11/05/2001) (21KB)


http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/fs/sc/ssc/out209_en.pdf


- Opinion the
Geographical Risk of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (GBR) in the Czech
Republic (Adopted on 30/03/2001) (20KB) updated


http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/fs/sc/ssc/out181_en.pdf


- Opinion on
the Geographical Risk of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (GBR) in the
Slovak Republic (Adopted on 30/03/2001) (19KB) updated


http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/fs/sc/ssc/outcome_en.html#opinions


- Opinion on
the Geographical Risk of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (GBR) in
Poland (Adopted on 30/03/2001) (18KB) updated


http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/fs/sc/ssc/out185_en.pdf


- Final Report
on the updated assessment of the Geographical BSE-Risk (GBR) of Belarus
 2003 (10 April 2003) (399KB)


http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/fs/sc/ssc/out341_en.pdf


-

Report on the
Assessment of the Geographical BSE - Risk of Hungary (March 2001) (109KB)


http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/fs/sc/ssc/out196_en.pdf

Mad Cow Disease Could Hit Russia, Experts Warn

The Russia Journal, June 22, 2002

The arrival of mad cow disease in Poland has led to warnings from
Russian producers that shoddy controls at customs and in local meat
production are putting Russian livestock at risk as well.

The Russian Agriculture Ministry banned bone-in meat and livestock
imports from Poland in early May. While the ministry suggested checking
Polish veterinary controls on meat producers, it was not a condition for
continuing trade, said Aleksander Milota, consul for commercial issues
at the Polish Embassy.

Russia's restrictions on Polish meat are less harsh than those used
recently on American poultry, when Russian veterinarians spent a month
checking American factories for additives and salmonella. Even so,
Milota believes Russian authorities overreacted in responding to bovine
spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Poland: "All our cattle are tested
before being exported," he said. "There is a psychological factor, which
is the fear of the disease, that makes the government make unnecessary
decisions such as banning cattle imports." Russia used to import 8,000
tons of Polish beef per year.

Poland, expecting to become a EU member in 2004, follows European safety
requirements, which demand parental records for all animals to allow
genealogical tracing. Cows 30 months old must undergo veterinary testing
for BSE, and feeding meat and bone meal to cattle, a practice believed
to spread the disease, is also forbidden.

The Polish BSE case has not affected meat prices in Russia, according to
the Institute for Studies of the Agrarian Market (IKAR). IKAR analyst
Larisa Torogova said she believes that neither meat dealers nor
consumers have become concerned about mad cow disease, since Russia has
several supplying countries for the 2 million tons of red meat imported
each year.

Torogova said Germany and Ukraine are the largest beef exporters to
Russia. No mad cow disease has yet been detected in Ukraine, and
Germany's controls are now stricter than those in the rest of Europe
after struggling with 125 cases of BSE in 2001. Its last BSE case was
detected in May, though it has had no reports of the human variant of
the disease, Creutzfeld-Jacob, one form of which is believed transmitted
by eating contaminated beef.

A State Customs Committee document shows imports of boneless beef are
allowed from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Italy,
Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland,
France, the Czech Republic and Japan, as well as Poland. Beef from
England, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland and South Korea is entirely
prohibited.

Yury Kostenko, chief of the microbiology department at the V.M. Gorbatov
Meat Research Institute of All Russia, said those restrictions are
enough to decrease contamination risks. "Few remember it, but Russia was
the first European country to ban British beef and cow imports in 1986,"
he said.

But official barriers aren't effective in practice, according to some
meat-business insiders. Alexander Spiridonov, president of the St.
Petersburg-based Northwestern Association of Meat Producers, accused the
government of favoring a small protectorate of meat importers that, with
the unofficial support of the customs and clearance control inspectors,
could bring meat infected with mad cow or other diseases to Russia.

Spiridonov said previous agreements or bribes to veterinary inspectors
allow goods to move freely across borders. And customs and clearance
doesn't have the resources to test the safety of imported meat.

"The strict European control on meat production, which is in accordance
with Russian veterinary requirements, should be enough to avoid another
veterinary inspection at the ports. At the end, officials don't check
the cargo," he said, adding that trade barriers against mad cow disease
are a government attempt to soften relations with local farmers, many of
whom are close to bankruptcy.

The association believes the licensing and import process, among other
activities associated with veterinary controls, is unconstitutional and
is organizing a lobby of parliament for change. It says a formal charge
against the veterinary department of the Agriculture Ministry through
the Antimonopoly Ministry and the General Procurator of Russia for their
conduct is also on the way, though the Agriculture Ministry couldn't be
reached for comment.

Private meat companies have also created a fund to assist farmers facing
difficulties trying to supplying local demand.

Russia has not had any reported cases of BSE. But cattle producers
complain there aren't enough veterinary inspections of their operations.
And some say they doubt the enforcement of legislation regulating the
use of animal and bone meal in feed. Its use in cattle feed has been
prohibited in Russia since 1996 and even longer in Europe. But there is
little to no supervision by veterinary inspectors, who are supposed to
check feeding procedures and reasons for animals' deaths.

Meat and bone meal is still used for poultry and hogs, which are not
believed to carry BSE.

That there is only one laboratory to analyze Russia's 27 million cows
adds to suspicions of internal safety controls. That laboratory, the
Russian Research Institute for the Protection of Animals, has tested the
meat of 1,200 animals since its beginning in 1999, 15 years after the
disease was first diagnosed in England. The laboratory, in the city of
Vladimir, is supported by Moscow meat-processing factories interested in
checking the quality of their raw product. But the lab doesn't have
equipment to test live cows or track the disease's path of infection.

"We took cows from the majority of the regions in the country, and not a
single case was discovered," said Alexander Yegorov, deputy chief of the
Department of Rare Diseases. He said those tests should be sufficient to
show that Russian livestock are free of BSE. But the analysis, at $20
per test, is not affordable for many farmers and so has a limited reach.

"It is impossible to exclude this possibility [of BSE] because it might
have reached our territory from cows and meat and bone meal exported to
Russia," he said.

The EU, which monitors the potential spread of the disease, warned in
2000 that Poland was likely to have a BSE case. The Brussels-based Press
Service of the European Commission has reported that scientists are now
evaluating countries' risks of exposure to BSE.

They said definitive conclusions about Russia have not yet been reached,
but "certainly the risk of spreading [the disease to Russia] is not
excluded."

Russia's largest selling business weekly - also available in USA &
Europe.Full issue at http://www.russiajournal.com

Copyright © 2002 The Russia Journal. All Rights Reserved.

http://www.mycattle.com/health/dsp_health_article.cfm?storyid=4260

TSS





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