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From: TSS (216-119-138-180.ipset18.wt.net)
Subject: Two veterinarians face charges for BSE test sample switch (SOUND FAMILIAR ;-)
Date: December 1, 2004 at 7:12 am PST

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Subject: Two veterinarians face charges for BSE test sample switch
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 09:20:00 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@LISTSERV.KALIV.UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Two veterinarians face charges for BSE test sample switch

Two slaughterhouse veterinarians in Pietarsaari are on trial for
deliberately using the wrong samples for a BSE, or Mad Cow Disease,
test. The charges are related to events at the Snellman slaughterhouse
in this west coast city.
According to the indictment, the veterinarians, who worked as inspectors
for the National Food Agency, had switched damaged samples from animals
undergoing tests for ones that had been taken from younger animals and
frozen.
It was feared that the National Veterinary and Food Research Institute
of Finland (EELA) would have rejected the damaged samples. If this had
happened, the carcass that the bad sample was taken from, and three
others, might have been destroyed.
One of the two veterinarians admitted to having switched two damaged
samples for ones that had been taken from other animals as part of
training for laboratory assistants.
The practice samples were then stored in the slaughterhouses freezer,
and some of them were used when more recent samples were not seen to be
good enough.

Three witnesses were heard at the trial in Pietarsaari: an inspector
veterinarian who had informed authorities about the sample-switching, a
veterinary student, and the laboratory assistant who had taken samples.
All three confirmed the practice of sample switching.
The laboratory assistant refused to switch samples, but went on sick
leave. The inspector veterinarian reported the practice, and was sacked.
The student felt that the practice was wrong, but obeyed the orders.

Finlands only case of BSE was found on a cattle farm in Kärsämäki in
December 2001. Since then all cattle over 30 months of age that are
slaughtered for meat have been inspected for BSE.
Each year EELA checks 130,000 samples for signs of the feared disease.

http://www.helsinginsanomat.fi/english/article/1101820799720


Greetings,

> According to the indictment, the veterinarians, who worked as
> inspectors for the National Food Agency, had switched damaged samples
> from animals undergoing tests for ones that had been taken from
> younger animals and frozen.


I wonder if these veterinarians had taken any BSE sample collecting classes
in Texas ? IN TEXAS, when we have any suspect cow with a TSE,
we send them straight to render without TSE testing to eliminate all
evidence. OR, in the case of the latest TEXAS cow that turned out to
be BSE positive 'inconclusive' 2 times until they finally found a
section of
the brain that did not show the TSE agent. Just sounds to similar to how
the mad cow agent is handled in the USA. I remember UPI found that indeed
some 500+ cattle, SUSPECT BSE/TSE DOWNERS, were not tested as
well. While the USA was insisting that testing young cattle for BSE/TSE
was useless (by there terms), but at the same time, the count of the testing
by the USA involved some of those very same young cows they were insisting
not to test, because from what they said previously, there testing
techniques
would not pick the TSE agent up in that young of an animal. SO, why did they
continue to test these same animals they were insisting not to test? I will
tell you why, to make there BSE/TSE testing count up to par, while assuring
themselves not to find another positive. THE USA BSE/TSE surveillance
system is not set up to identify and announce the findings of TSE/BSE in
the USA cattle herds, but just the opposite, to hide and conceal...

TSS

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