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From: TSS (216-119-138-170.ipset18.wt.net)
Subject: R-CALF USA BLASTS USDA FOR RELEASE OF INCONCLUSIVE AND REINSTATE A 15 YEAR BAN ON IMPORTS FROM KNOWN BSE COUNTRIES
Date: November 30, 2004 at 9:43 am PST

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Subject: R-CALF USA BLASTS USDA FOR RELEASE OF INCONCLUSIVE AND REINSTATE A 15 YEAR BAN ON IMPORTS FROM KNOWN BSE COUNTRIES
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2004 09:53:59 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@LISTSERV.KALIV.UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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R-CALF: Stop releasing inconclusive test results, open up BSE test
supply

by Pete Hisey on 11/30/04 for
Meatingplace.com

R-CALF USA, which represents cattle ranchers nationwide, blasted the
Agriculture Department Monday, saying that release of inconclusive
bovine spongiform encephalopathy test results "traumatizes" cattle
markets. It also accused the agency of following an agenda of
internationalism at the expense of protecting the U.S. cattle herd.

Upon news of the inconclusive test in mid-November, cattle futures
immediately dropped the maximum of 3 percent, after which trade was
suspended. R-CALF estimates that similar episodes in June cost the
industry $22.5 million.

The association called on USDA to reinstate a 15-year ban on the import
of ruminants or ruminant products from countries known to have cases of
BSE in their herds, ban blood meal and poultry litter from animal feed,
allow meat packers to start testing all cattle for BSE to reopen export
markets and cease releasing inconclusive test results to the public.

"USDA's policy of releasing unconfirmed test results suggests that even
the prospect of detecting a case of BSE has huge safety implications,
which apparently compels the agency to announce unconfirmed test results
while knowing such announcements will have a disastrous impact on the
cattle market," said R-CALF President Leo McDonnell in a news release.

McDonnell said USDA should either cease such announcements or release
information about the animal in question, specifically its country of
origin.

He added that there are approximately 350,000 cattle of Canadian origin
in the U.S., and they should be identified and tested for BSE to protect
the native American herd.

In its release, R-CALF stated that USDA "has completely and quietly
abandoned" its ban on imported meat products from countries known to
have BSE, is allowing record amounts of boneless beef to arrive from
Canada and is in effect talking American beef down by implying that BSE
is present in the American herd, when no American animal has ever been
found to have the disease.

R-CALF Chief Executive Bill Bullard added to the comments, saying USDA
is "putting the cattle industry at risk" by abandoning its rule to
exclude poultry litter and other at-risk products from animal feed and
by not searching out cattle born in Canada, which he estimates makes up
four-tenths of a percent of the U.S. herd, something the agency did
after BSE outbreaks in the United Kingdom, Japan and the EU.

http://www.meatingplace.com/DailyNews/init.asp?iID=13473

TSS

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