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From: TSS (
Subject: Bush, Kerry on Issue of Food Safety (BSE)
Date: October 24, 2004 at 10:44 am PST

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Subject: Bush, Kerry on Issue of Food Safety (BSE)
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 12:50:02 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Bush, Kerry on Issue of Food Safety

Sunday October 24, 2004 6:16 PM

By The Associated Press

Three times a week, The Associated Press picks an issue and asks
President Bush and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry a
question about it. Today's question and responses:

FOOD SAFETY: Are the government's defenses sufficient to protect
Americans from food-borne sickness?

Bush: ``My administration is working around the clock to protect our
nation from intentional and accidental risks to the safety of our food
supply. My 2005 budget provides $470 million for this important work, an
increase of almost 15 percent over last year. This includes an increase
for the Animal Drugs and Feeds program, which ensures that food from
animals is safe, and has the primary role in preventing the introduction
and spread of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or 'mad cow disease,' in
the United States. The Food and Drug Administration is partnering with
the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Agriculture's
Food Safety and Inspection Service with the common goal of increasing
our ability to detect threats to our nation's food supply. Over the past
three years, the administration has bolstered America's food defense
through increases in port security, food import inspections and
additional food security personnel, and laboratory capacity, research,
and monitoring and surveillance. The FDA and USDA will receive an
increase of $302 million for these activities.''

Kerry: ``No. The Bush administration's handling of mad cow disease, beef
imports, and BSE testing have made it clear we need a renewed effort to
protect American consumers and farmers. As president, I will put public
health first and will not take any action that might jeopardize our
nation's food supply, like having lax border inspections of imported
food. We must do a better job of inspecting and identifying cattle that
are exhibiting signs of a neurological disease or that can't walk to
ensure they do not enter the food supply. I will increase testing and
inspections and enhance our surveillance efforts to prevent the risk of
BSE. I will also implement an aggressive timeline for establishing a
national animal ID tracking system that would make it possible to
identify and contain or recall livestock and meat when these efforts are
critical to improve food safety and better protect public health. They
will also help to minimize any economic impacts by quickly identifying
and confining any problems that might arise.''

Guardian Unlimited © Guardian Newspapers Limited 2004,1282,-4572403,00.html

LET US look at this administrations mad cow safety issues ;

GAO-05-51 October 2004 FOOD SAFETY (over 500 customers receiving potentially BSE contaminated beef) - TSS 10/20/04


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