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From: TSS (216-119-129-92.ipset9.wt.net)
Subject: Export Requirements for Mexico Eligible/Ineligible Products Statements allowed when product is to be re-exported to Japan 11/16/2004
Date: November 16, 2004 at 2:01 pm PST

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Subject: Export Requirements for Mexico Eligible/Ineligible Products Statements allowed when product is to be re-exported to Japan 11/16/2004
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2004 16:11:54 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To: BSE-L
CC


Export Requirements for Mexico Eligible/Ineligible Products Statements
allowed when product is to be re-exported to Japan 11/16/2004

snip...


8.

1. Additional statements for all fresh/frozen and processed products
derived from ruminant animals (e.g., bovine, ovine, or caprine).
The following statements must be typed in the "Remarks" section of
FSIS 9060-5 or on a letterhead certificate:
1. The animals from which the product was obtained were not fed
ruminant origin meat and bone meal.
2. In the country of origin, there are animal health
regulations that forbid the feeding of ruminant origin meat
and bone meal to ruminant animals Note: The above statements
can be made based on FDA feed regulations which prohibit the
feeding of ruminant origin meat and bone meal to ruminants.


IT'S ONLY PAPER FOLKS, MEANS NOTHING IN REAL LIFE AS YOU CAN PLAINLY SEE
FROM
ALL THE RUMINANT/MAMMALIAN FEED BSE/TSE BAN VIOLATIONS THAT STILL ARE
HAPPENING
IN 2004 (i will spare posting all those 2004 feed ban violations to the
list again...tss)

snip...

14. Statements allowed when product is to be re-exported to Japan - Upon
the request of the exporter, the following information must be provided
either in the "Remarks" section of FSIS Form 9060-5 or on an FSIS
letterhead certificate (which is signed by the same FSIS Inspector
signing the export certificate).

Include the following for all products intended for re-export to Japan:

"The meat and/or meat products described herein were processed under
sanitary conditions in accordance with laws and regulations of the
United States. The laws and regulations of the United States have been
deemed to be equivalent to the inspection laws of Japan." Name, address,
and establishment number of the slaughter (If product is quarter, half,
or whole carcass) or processing plant (if packaged product). "Date
(Month/Year) of Slaughter and Inspection," if product is quarter, half,
or whole carcass or "Date (Month/Year) of Manufacture," if cuts or
processed products, i.e., pack date Note: Slaughter dates must be
identified by the phase exactly as presented above: "Date (Month/Year)
of Slaughter and Inspection." do not omit "...and inspection").

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Frame/FrameRedirect.asp?main=/OFO/export/mexico.htm


THERE KIDDING RIGHT?

U.S. Distributor Recalls Canadian Ground Beef
Wed Jul 28, 2004 12:48 PM ET


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About 170,000 pounds of Canadian ground beef was
recalled from the United States after the products were mislabeled and
mistakenly shipped across the border, the U.S. Agriculture Department
said on Wednesday.

Pennsylvania-based Quaker Maid Meats, Inc. voluntarily recalled the beef
after USDA officials alerted the company the products were ineligible
for import due to concerns over mad cow disease.

"The beef patties were partially made from Canadian product that was
mislabeled and ineligible for import to the U.S.," the USDA said.

In May, the USDA acknowledged that it mistakenly allowed about 7 million
tons of imports of banned Canadian ground and bone-in beef, a practice
that was halted by a federal judge at the request of a U.S. cattle group.

USDA officials blamed the error on operational flaws and poor
communication about mad cow safeguards.

One year ago, Canada discovered its first domestic case of mad cow
disease, which prompted the USDA to close the U.S. border to Canadian
beef and cattle. Last August, the USDA eased the beef trade ban by
allowing imports of muscle cuts of Canadian beef that are thought to be
at the lowest risk for carrying the deadly disease. It said at the time
that Canada had taken important safety steps.

© Reuters 2004. All Rights Reserved.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=5801835

Closed Federal Cases

Recall Notification Report 028-2004

Product(s) Recalled:
Raw and Frozen Ground Beef Patties

Production Dates/Identifying Codes:
Produced July 15, 16, 19 and 20, 2004. Products subject to recall include:

* 5-pound boxes of "PHILLY-GOURMET, 100% PURE BEEF, HOMESTYLE
PATTIES" with a packaging code of 1974 or 2024
* 3-pound boxes of "PHILLY-GOURMET, 100% PURE BEEF, HOMESTYLE
PATTIES" with a packaging code of 1974 or 2024
* 3-pound boxes of "The Philly Homestyle Beef Patty" with a
packaging code of 1984 or 2014. The products also bear the
establishment number "EST. 2748" inside the USDA mark of inspection.


Problem/Reason for Recall:
The product is mislabeled and ineligible for entry into the U.S. from
Canada.

How/When Discovered:
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, CFIA, discovered the incident and
notified FSIS who contacted the firm and initiated the recall action.

Federal Establishment:
02748 M
Quaker Maid Meats Inc.
521 Carroll Street
Reading, PA 19611

Consumer Contact:
Todd Bray, General Manager, President, (610) 376-1500 Ext. # 114

Media Contact:
Todd Bray, General Manager, President, (610) 376-1500 Ext. # 114

Quantity Recalled:
Approximately 170,000 pounds

Distribution:
Shipped to retail stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, North
Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Wisconsin and Maine

Recall Classification:
Class III

Recall Notification Level:
Retail

Press Release:
Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Ground Beef Patties Due To Mislabeling


Direct Notification Means:
The firm has notified its customers orally and will follow up in writing.

FSIS Follow-up Activities:
Effectiveness checks by the FSIS, Office of Field Operations (OFO).

Other Agencies Involved:
None

FSIS Contacts:

* Compliance/Recall Coordinator: (215) 597-4219
* Recall Management Staff: (202) 690-6389
* Media Inquiries: (202) 720-9113
* Congressional Inquiries: (202) 720-3897
* Consumer Inquiries: 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854); TTY,
1-800-256-7072
* Web Site: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/
(FSIS Main Page) or
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/
(Recall
Information)


Date of Recall Meeting:
July 28, 2004

Recall Case Number:
028-2004


U.S. beef arrives in Mexican shipment

The National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service announced
yesterday that the government is investigating clandestine imports of
American beef, a product banned from entering South Korea last year
after a case of mad cow disease was discovered in the United States.
According to the veterinary service, the U.S. beef appears to have
entered the country as part of a shipment of Mexican meat. The
distribution of beef imported from Mexico has been halted and the agency
is inspecting the 212 tons of meat in storage.
Authorities said 287 kilograms (632 lbs) of American beef was found
mixed with 38 tons of Mexican exports. The Korean government banned U.S.
beef last December, after a single cow in Washington state tested
positive for mad cow disease.
Before that time, Korea was the third-largest importer of American beef
in the world, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
"We suspect that a domestic importing company collaborated with the
Mexican slaughterhouse in smuggling in the American beef," said an
official at the veterinary authority.
The official said that since Mexico also stopped importing American beef
between December and March, and since this is the first time that such a
case has been discovered, it is highly unlikely that any U.S. beef has
been distributed in the domestic market.
Experts, however, say that since a large amount of Mexican beef imported
since March has been distributed locally, it is too early to overlook
the possibility that American beef is circulating in Korean markets.
Although the Korean government and the Mexican government signed
agreements on sanitary measures for beef imports in 1998, Mexican beef
has only been imported into Korea since this year.


by Lee Ho-jeong >

2004.07.28

==========================

$92,000 WORTH OF BANNED (BSE/TSE?) JAPANESE KOBE BEEF BROKE THROUGH USDA
SEALED BORDERS

July 16, 2004
ORANGE COUNTY
4 Companies Are Charged With Food Safety Violations

By David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer

Prosecutors on Thursday charged 10 people and four companies in Los
Angeles with violating federal food safety laws in cases ranging from
the alleged sale of rat-contaminated meat to the smuggling of
Japanese-raised Kobe beef into the United States.

One case, dating to 2001, involves the Leonard Meat Co. of Vernon, where
the U.S. Department of Agriculture seized 13,000 pounds of meat that
inspectors said was contaminated with feces and showed signs of having
been gnawed by rodents. The company, its president, Donald Leroy Lynch,
66, of Garden Grove, and warehouse manager Jagada Joe Lynch, 29, of Los
Alamitos, were charged with selling adulterated meat.

In another case, Masato Kagaya, 39, owner of a restaurant in Little
Tokyo, and Masaho Hirahara, 49, of Kanagawa, Japan, were charged with
smuggling $92,000 worth of Kobe beef into the United States. Kobe beef
is a delicacy that sells for more than $120 a pound. Japanese beef is
barred from import because of concerns about mad cow disease.

The Ariza Cheese Co. and a former supervisor, Jamie Rubalcava, 42, of
Bellflower, were charged with shipping fresh cheese that was
contaminated with listeria, a potentially lethal pathogen, from
California to stores in New York in 2002. The company recalled nearly
10,000 packages from 250 stores in both states.

Three other cases involved the illegal import of food products that are
banned because they might carry the highly contagious Newcastle virus.
In 1971, an outbreak of the disease nearly wiped out California's
poultry industry, infecting more than 1,300 flocks and resulting in the
destruction of 12 million birds.

Wha Soo Boon Corp. of Los Angeles and Soon Shin Kim, 49, and his wife,
Jennifer Jung Kim, 45, both of La Cañada-Flintridge, were charged with
falsifying shipping documents to smuggle from South Korea kimchee balls
filled with meat and poultry. The import of meat and poultry from South
Korea is prohibited because of suspected diseases.

Minh's Meat Co. of Santa Ana and owners Minh Dieu Huynh, 46, of Santa
Ana and his brother Quang Kim Huynh, 45, of Cerritos were charged with
smuggling into the U.S. chicken and duck feet falsely labeled as
coconuts and other fruits. Vietnamese poultry products are banned
because they could spread Newcastle disease.

Another importer of duck feet from Vietnam, Su Van Ho, 47, of Rosemead,
owner of Vincent Seafood of South El Monte, was charged with introducing
prohibited poultry products into the United States.

http://www.latimes.com/news/lo

i will also spare the list of all the mislabeled US beef.
BUT, what about those sick and diseased animals;

Our investigator also found that you hold animals under conditions so
inadequate that diseased animals and/or medicated animals bearing
potentially harmful drug residues are likely to enter the food supply ;

http://www.fda.gov/foi/warning_letters/g3156d.htm

another example;

snip...

Our investigation found that you hold animals under conditions which are
so inadequate that diseased animals and/or medicated animals bearing
potentially harmful drug residues are likely to enter the food supply.
For example, you lack a system for assuring that drugs are used in a
manner not contrary to label instructions, and for assuring animals
medicated on your farm have been withheld from slaughter for appropriate
periods of time to permit depletion of potentially hazardous drug
residues from edible tissues. Food from animals held under such
conditions adulterated within the meaning of Section 402(a)(4) of the Act.

Our investigation also revealed that you caused a drug oxytetracycline
hydrochloride injection (Agrimycin 100) to be unsafe within the meaning
of Section 512 of the Act and adulterated under Section 501(a)(5) of the
Act when you used the drug in an extralabel manner without veterinary
supervision. This drug is indicated for use in non-lactating dairy
cattle and for intravenous use only. Your use of this drug for treatment
of mastitis by intramuscular injection or for treatment of a retained
placenta by intrauterine injection in a lactating cow in an amount not
indicated causes the drug to be unsafe to use.

snip...

http://www.fda.gov/foi/warning_letters/g3763d.htm

THESE ARE JUST TWO, OF MANY...

not to forget Mexico's BSE GBR RISK ASSESSMENT OF III ;

Summary of Scientific Report
http://www.efsa.eu.int
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Scientific Report of the European Food Safety Authority
on the Assessment of the Geographical BSE-Risk (GBR) of
MEXICO
Question N° EFSA-Q-2003-083
Adopted July 2004
SUMMARY OF 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 Mexico, i.e. the likelihood of the presence of one or more
cattle being infected
with BSE, pre-clinically as well as clinically, in Mexico. This
scientific report addresses the
GBR of Mexico as assessed in 2004 based on data covering the period
1980-2003.
The BSE agent was probably imported into Mexico and could have reached
domestic cattle.
These cattle imported could have been rendered and therefore led to an
internal challenge in
the mid to late 1990s. It is possible that imported meat and bone meal
(MBM) into Mexico
reached domestic cattle and leads to an internal challenge around 1993.
It is likely that BSE infectivity entered processing at the time of
imported at - risk MBM
(1993) and at the time of slaughter of imported live at - risk cattle
(mid to late 1990s). The
high level of external challenge is maintained throughout the reference
period, and the system
has not been made stable. Thus it is likely that BSE infectivity was
recycled and propagated
from approximately 1993. The risk has since grown consistently due to a
maintained internal
and external challenge and lack of a stable system.
EFSA concludes that the current geographical BSE risk (GBR) level is
III, i.e. it is likely
but not confirmed that domestic cattle are (clinically or
pre-clinically) infected with the BSEagent.
The GBR is likely to increase due to continued internal and external
challenge, coupled
with a very unstable system.
Key words: BSE, geographical risk assessment, GBR, Mexico, third countries
Summary of Scientific Report
http://www.efsa.eu.int
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TSS






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