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From: TSS (216-119-138-163.ipset18.wt.net)
Subject: NEW YORK FIRM RECALLS MEAT AND POULTRY PRODUCTS IMPORTED FROM AN INELIGIBLE GERMAN ESTABLISHMENT (USA BROKE BSE IMPORT REGULATIONS)
Date: November 30, 2004 at 2:11 pm PST

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: NEW YORK FIRM RECALLS MEAT AND POULTRY PRODUCTS IMPORTED FROM AN INELIGIBLE
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2004 16:20:34 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy


Congressional and Public Affairs
Amanda Eamich (202) 720-9113

CLASS I RECALL
HEALTH RISK: HIGH
FSIS-RC-046-2004

NEW YORK FIRM RECALLS MEAT AND POULTRY PRODUCTS IMPORTED FROM AN INELIGIBLE
GERMAN ESTABLISHMENT

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2004-Stark Foods, Inc., a Brooklyn, New York, firm is
voluntarily recalling approximately 154 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and
poultry products that were ineligible for import to the U.S., the Food
Safety and Inspection Service announced today. Germany is prohibited from
exporting beef and poultry products to the U.S. because of animal health
regulations. While Germany is eligible to export pork products to the U.S.,
the producing firm in Germany is not eligible to export such products to the
U.S.

The products subject to recall are:

* "Maggi Ein Teller, REISTOPF mit Huhn" canned chicken product.
* "Maggi Ein Teller, NUDELTOPF mit Huhn" canned chicken product.
* "Maggi Ein Teller, RAVIOLI 'Bolognese'" canned beef product.
* "Maggi Ein Teller, LINSENTOPF mit Speck" canned pork product.
* "Maggi Meisterklasse, Rindfleischuppe mit Fleischklosschen" dried soup
with meatballs.
* "Maggi Meisterklasse, Fruhlingssuppe mit Fleischklosschen" dried soup with
meatballs.
* "Maggi, PASTARIA, Bolognese, Spirelli in Tomaten-Fleischsause" dried pasta
with meat.

FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of
these products. However, these products could present a health hazard to
consumers because the country is not eligible to export beef and poultry to
the U.S. As such, these products have not been inspected by FSIS. Anyone
concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

The products were distributed to retailers and specialty stores in
California, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, Texas and Virginia.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall may call the company
President Daniel Mohan at (718) 389-3116.

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.

#

NOTE: Access news releases and other information at the FSIS Web site at
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fsis_Recalls/.


Greetings,

lets look at VS worksheet on Germany and BSE;

Bovine Spongiform
Encephalopathy, Germany

Impact Worksheet, December 2000

Summary: Germany announced on November 26, 2000 the first case of BSE in
a native-born cow. Until this time, Germany had declared itself as free
of BSE, despite the fact that it had reported 6 prior cases of BSE
between 1992 and 1997. However, all previously reported cases were in
imported animals.

Although Germany has only about 1% of world cattle stocks, 1998 live
cattle exports accounted for 8% of world cattle exports. Approximately
50% of live bovine animals were exported to the Netherlands, and the
rest went to other EU countries, including Lebanon, Algeria, Morocco,
and Bosnia-Hercegovina. Germanys exports of beef and veal accounted for
5.5% of world beef and veal exports, and shipments were destined
principally to Russia and other EU countries.

In December 1997, the USDA enacted regulations which prohibited the
importation of live ruminants and ruminant meat from Germany. These
import restrictions also applied to bone meal, blood meal, meat meal,
offal, fat, glands, and serum from ruminants.

The US imported no live ruminants from Germany in 1999 or 2000. Imports
of a wide variety of miscellaneous animal products were reported during
1999 and 2000. For many of these miscellaneous animal products the
species of origin is not specified but, in keeping with current US
import restrictions, these products are most likely of swine or poultry
origin. Some of the miscellaneous animal products imported are allowed
only under restriction, such as for industrial usage. Among the
miscellaneous animal product imports reported is fetal bovine serum.
Imports of fetal bovine serum from Germany would have been a violation
of APHIS regulations. It is possible that these imports represent
imports of some other product miscoded as fetal bovine serum. CEI will
follow up with the Department of Commerce to verify any imports which
should not have entered the country.

How extensive is the situation in the affected country and what was the
countrys disease status prior to the outbreak?

Germany announced on November 26, 2000 the first case of BSE in a
native-born cow. The animal was a normal slaughter animal and was tested
as part of a private program by the slaughterhouse. The initial positive
test was subsequently confirmed by the German BSE Reference Center. The
cow, born in 1996, came from a breeding herd of 167 animals in the state
of Schleswig-Holstein.

Until this time, Germany had declared itself as free of BSE. Although
Germany has had 6 prior cases of BSE between 1992 and 1997, all of these
were in imported animals.

As a result of the current case, Germany immediately imposed a ban on
the use of animal feeds containing meat and bone meal.

Source: OIE; Reuters; ProMED

What is the countrys production and trade in affected animals and
animal products?

Although Germany has only about 1% of world cattle stocks, 1998 live
cattle exports accounted for 8% of world cattle exports (Table A). About
half of live cattle exports went to the Netherlands. The remainder were
exported to other EU countries, as well as to Lebanon, Algeria, Morocco,
and Bosnia-Hercegovina . Production and trade in live sheep and goats
are minor, making up less than 1% of world production and trade in these
animals.

Table A: Stocks and Trade in Live Animals, Germany

Live Animal

2000 Stocks

Trade

1998 Exports

1998 Imports

Head

% World

Head

% World

Head

% World

Cattle

14,574,000

1.1%

735,638

8.1%

167,666

2.1%

Sheep

2,290,000

0.2%

69,652

0.4%

62,438

0.4%

Goats

114,000

<0.1%

36

<0.1%

349

<0.1%

Germanys exports of beef and veal accounted for 5.5% of world beef and
veal exports in 1998 (Table B). Primary importers of German beef and
veal were Russia and other EU countries. German exports of sheep and
goat meat are negligible in terms of world trade in these products.

Table B: Production and Trade in Relevant Products, Germany

Products

2000 Production, provisional

Trade

1998 Exports

1998 Imports

Metric ton

% World

Metric ton

% World

Metric ton

% World

Beef and veal

1,420,000

2.5%

376,985

5.5%

211,279

3.2%

Mutton and lamb

44,000

0.6%

1,800

0.2%

40,984

4.9%

Goat meat

270

<0.1%

2

<0.1%

131

0.4%

Note: Sheep and goats were included here as affected animals because
APHIS has included all ruminants and ruminant products in restrictions
pertaining to BSE.

Sources: UN Food and Agriculture Organization; USDA FAS Attache Report,
7/25/2000

Did the US have restrictions on ruminant imports from Germany prior to
the current case?

In December 1997, APHIS prohibited the importation of live ruminants and
most ruminant products from all of Europe until a thorough assessment of
the risks of introduction of BSE into the US could be made. Prior to
December 1997, import restrictions were applied only to those countries
which had reported cases of BSE in native animals. In addition, the
importation of ruminant meat from BSE-affected countries was permitted
if the meat was deboned and free of visually identifiable lymphatic and
nervous tissue and if it met other restrictions. The import regulations
enacted in December 1997 extended the import restrictions to countries
that had not had a declared case of BSE, yet had high risk factors for
the occurrence of BSE. Germany was among the countries considered to
have high risk factors. These regulatory changes also removed the
provisions which allowed the importation of ruminant meat from the
restricted countries, essentially prohibiting the importation of
ruminant meat from all of Europe. These import restrictions also applied
to bone meal, blood meal, meat meal, offal, fat, glands, and serum from
ruminants.

Source: APHIS, VS

What are the US imports of affected animals or animal products from the
country?

In accordance with the 1997 ban on the importation of live ruminants and
most ruminant products including meat from Europe, the World Trade Atlas
data show no such imports from Germany in 1999 or 2000. There were,
however, a wide variety of miscellaneous animal products imported during
this time period, including fetal bovine serum (Table C). It should be
noted that many of the items listed in Table C are animal products not
specifically identified as to their species of origin. They are most
likely of swine or poultry origin and thus allowed into the US since
they are of no risk regarding introduction of BSE. In addition, some of
the items listed (e.g. gelatin and animal glues) are allowed into the US
under restriction, such as for industrial usage. Dairy products and
animal fat products have not been included in Table C since those
products are unlikely sources of BSE. Imports of fetal bovine serum from
Germany would have been a violation of APHIS regulations. It is possible
that these imports represent imports of some other product miscoded as
fetal bovine serum. CEI will follow up with the Department of Commerce
to verify any imports which should not have entered the country.

Table C: US Imports of Animals or Products from Germany, 1999-2000
(includes some animal products whose origin is unspecified)

(NESOI = not elsewhere specified or included)

Product

QUANTITY

Jan - Sep 2000

1999

1. MISC. ANIMAL PRODUCTS

Soups, Broths, and Other Preparations

821,881 kg

2,138,530 kg

Sausages and Similar Products of Meat, Meat Offal or Blood, NESOI, Food
Preparations Based on These Products, Canned

0

41,618 kg

Guts, Bladders and Stomachs of Animals Other than Fish not Prepared for
Use as Casings

1,940 kg

7,480 kg

Guts,Bladders and Stomachs of Animals Except Hogs and Fish for Use as
Casings

82, 475 kg

47, 463 kg

2. ANIMAL FEED PREPARATIONS

Dairy Cows , Prep

0

2 tons

Dog and Cat Food, Retail

277,123 kg

181,971 kg

Other Livestock Feed Prep

0

2 tons

Mixed Feeds or Mixed Feed Ingredients used in Animal Feedings, NESOI

5,640 tons

437 tons

Preparations of a Kind Used in Animal Feeding, NESOI

72,777 kg

133,134 kg

3. PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS

Organ Extracts of Glands or Other Organs or of their Secretions

892 kg

8,680 kg

Organ Extracts Other Glands and Other Organs, Dried, Whether or not Powdered

801 kg

3,600 kg

Fetal Bovine Serum

94 kg

60 kg

Other Blood Fractions, NESOI

52,169 kg

42,804 kg

Cantharides; Glands, Except Pancreas, Organs and Other Animal Products
Used in the Preparation of Pharmaceutical Products, Fresh, Chilled,
Frozen, Preserved

23,619 kg

2,775 kg

Bile and Other Animal Secretions

0

300 kg

Peptones, Other Proteins &Derivates, Hide Powder

244,554 kg

242,799 kg

Enzymes, Prepared Enzymes NESOI

699,853 kg

1,667,370 kg

Albumines, Albuminates and Other Albumin Derivates, NESOI

373,892 kg

258, 440 kg

Inedible Gelatin, and Animal Glue

0

23,255 kg

Gelatin and Gelatin Derivates, Other Glues of Animal Origin,

Except Caesin Glues

172, 287 kg

247,364 kg

Medicaments Containing Adrenal Cortical Hormones but Not Containing
Antibiotic

20,788 kg

52,341 kg

Medicaments Containing Antigens or Hyaluronic Acid

71 kg

4,109 kg

Sterile Surgical Catgut

65 kg

3,644 kg

Source: World Trade Atlas, US Dept. of Commerce

What is the level of passenger traffic arriving in the United States
from the affected country?

A total of 3.3 million passengers arrived in the US on direct flights
from Germany in 1998, although many of these passengers would not have
originated in Germany. As part of APHIS-PPQs Agriculture Quarantine
Inspection Monitoring, 8,247 air passengers from Germany were inspected
for items of agricultural interest. Of these, 198, or 2.3%, were found
to be carrying a total of 304 kg of items that could potentially present
a risk for BSE. Thirty (30) of the passengers with items reported plans
to visit or work on a farm or ranch while in the US. Reported
destination states of these 30 passengers were CA, CO, DE, FL, LA, MT,
OH, VA, and WY.

Source: US Department of Transportation, and APHIS-PPQ Agricultural
Quarantine Inspection data base

CEIs plans for follow-up:

Aside from any follow-up to verify the accuracy of import data, CEI has
no further plans regarding this case. However, if you would like
additional information, please contact Chris Kopral at (970) 490-7819 or
Milo Muller at (970) 490-7844.

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/ceah/cei/IW_2000_files/bse_germany1200e.htm

TSS





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