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From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. (216-119-144-44.ipset24.wt.net)
Subject: USDA's RULES TO FIGHT MAD COW VIOLATED (Union says safe practices IGNORED)
Date: December 21, 2004 at 6:54 am PST

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Subject: USDA's RULES TO FIGHT MAD COW VIOLATED (Union says safe practices IGNORED)
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 08:41:54 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@LISTSERV.KALIV.UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Dec. 20, 2004, 10:52PM


Union says safe practices ignored


USDA's rules to fight mad cow allegedly violated

By RANDY FABI
Reuters News Service

WASHINGTON - U.S. meat plants are allowing brains and spinal cord from
older cattle to enter the food supply, violating strict government
regulations aimed at preventing the spread of mad cow disease, a federal
meat inspectors union said Monday.


Nearly a year after the first U.S. case of mad cow disease, meat plants
have yet to implement measures required by the U.S. Agriculture
Department to protect consumers, said the National Joint Council of Food
Inspection Locals.

"We are seeing little to no change at these plants," said Stan Painter,
the union's chairman.

The USDA has said its ban on brains, spinal cord, eyes and other
so-called specific-risk material was the most important action it has
taken since the discovery of mad cow disease in the United States.

The deadly disease is carried within the infected animal's brain and
nervous system and can be a threat to humans when eaten.

Older cattle, over 30-months of age, are thought to be at higher risk
for mad cow disease than younger animals.

"We know USDA's zero tolerance is not being met," Painter said. "We
believe this is a widespread problem." He declined to say how many
plants were in violation.

The USDA disagreed with the union, saying no prohibited cattle parts,
called SRMs, were slipping into the food supply.

"Parts that are defined as SRMs are being removed and being disposed of
according to regulations implemented in January 2004," said Steve Cohen,
spokesman for USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The American Meat Institute, a trade group representing U.S.
meatpackers, said it was unaware of any plants in violation of the
regulations.

The labor union's allegations come as the United States tries to
convince Japan and South Korea, previously its top buyers, to ease their
bans on U.S. beef.

In October, U.S. meat inspectors began alerting the union that plant
employees were incorrectly identifying carcasses of animals over 30
months old, Painter said. Under USDA procedures, plant employees are
responsible for identifying older cattle by examining their teeth.

Inspectors said plants were also violating a trade agreement with Mexico
by shipping kidneys from cattle over 30 months old.

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/business/2957093

TSS

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