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From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. (216-119-143-74.ipset23.wt.net)
Subject: Dr. Ron DeHaven giving more false assurances about latest confirmed Canadian Mad Cow while Ann says everything is o.k... (MORE BSeee)
Date: January 3, 2005 at 9:55 am PST

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Subject: Dr. Ron DeHaven giving more false assurances about latest confirmed Canadian Mad Cow while Ann says everything is o.k... (MORE BSeee)
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2005 11:16:15 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@LISTSERV.KALIV.UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


##################### Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy #####################

Statement by Ron DeHaven, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service

January 3, 2005

"Yesterday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed that an
older dairy cow from Alberta, Canada, has tested positive for bovine
spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The infected animal was born in 1996,
prior to the implementation of Canada's 1997 feed ban. No part of the
animal entered the human food or animal feed systems.

"USDA remains confident that the animal and public health measures that
Canada has in place, including the removal of specified risk material
(SRMs) from the human food chain, a ruminant-to-ruminant feed ban, a
national surveillance program and import restrictions, combined with
existing U.S. domestic safeguards and the additional safeguards
announced as part of USDA's BSE minimal-risk rule announced Dec. 29
provide the utmost protections to U.S. consumers and livestock.

'The extensive risk assessment conducted as part of USDA's rulemaking
process took into careful consideration the possibility that Canada
could experience additional cases of BSE.

"According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) guidelines,
a country may be considered a BSE minimal-risk country if it has less
than 2 cases per million cattle over 24 months of age during each of the
previous 4 consecutive years. Considering Canada has roughly 5.5 million
cattle over 24 months of age, under OIE guidelines, they could detect up
to 11 cases of BSE in this population and still be considered a
minimal-risk country, as long as their risk mitigation measures and
other preventative measures were effective.

"USDA will continue to work closely with CFIA officials as their
investigation into this situation progresses."

http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB/.cmd/ad/.ar/sa.retrievecontent/.c/6_2_1UH/.ce/7_2_5JM/.p/5_2_4TQ/.d/1/_th/J_2_9D/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?PC_7_2_5JM_contentid=2005%2F01%2F0001.xml&PC_7_2_5JM_navtype=RT&PC_7_2_5JM_parentnav=LATEST_RELEASES&PC_7_2_5JM_navid=NEWS_RELEASE#7_2_5JM

Transcript of U. S. Farm Report, Town and Country Living Year-end
interview with Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman As Aired January 1,
2005 on RFD-TV

snip...

"Obviously my time has been spent in large part on continuing on the BSE
crisis that we encountered."

MR. SAMUELSON: "That happened just before Christmas a year ago."

SEC. VENEMAN: "Exactly. And after our interview, there we were, the cow
who stole Christmas, December 23rd. And we've spent a lot of time
working through all of the issues-- increased strength of our
regulations, implementing animal ID, implementing an enhanced testing
program. There's been a whole host of issues we've had to deal with. And
that's taken a lot of time.

snip...

"MR. SAMUELSON: "Finally, back to BSE for a moment. You mentioned animal
identification. Are we making progress on that program?"

SEC. VENEMAN: "Absolutely. We are working closely with states and
organizations to implement premise ID, individual animal ID, and to put
it into a national database. Obviously this is a voluntary program as we
get it up and running, but we expect over time that it will become a
mandatory program that will allow us to trace back animals in the event
of a disease outbreak, particularly of disease like foot and mouth
disease where it spreads very, very quickly, and it's important to
quickly be able to see where the animals have gone so that we can see
where the disease might spread."

snip...

"The other day is December 23, 2003, the day that we discovered we had
our first case of BSE. And we then of course had to deal with the cow
who stole Christmas. And that took up a lot of what we did all of this
year in terms of implementing the programs in the aftermath of that."

MR. SAMUELSON: "But I give you high marks -- the cattle industry and you
as Secretary and your staff -- because we didn't go through the
difficult times that the Canadian growers went through."

SEC. VENEMAN: "Well, that's absolutely true. We kept demand high, prices
have stayed high. The cattle industry is in good shape, and that's
because consumer confidence remained strong."

http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2005/01/0003.xml

Mad-Cow Disease
In Older Animal

By TAMSIN CARLISLE and JANET ADAMY
Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
January 3, 2005; Page A3

http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB110471530901614939,00.html

CALGARY, Alberta -- The Canadian government said further testing
confirmed that an Alberta cow was infected with mad-cow disease,
bringing to three the number of Canadian cattle diagnosed with the
deadly brain-wasting disorder. However, U.S. and Canadian authorities
underscored that the development won't derail U.S. plans to lift a
19-month ban on imports of young Canadian cattle.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture official said late Sunday that the
positive test won't affect the U.S. agency's plan to start accepting in
March Canadian exports of live cattle younger than 30 months. That plan
to open the border to live animals was announced last week, just one day
before this third suspected North American case of mad-cow emerged.

As long as Canada has measures in place to prevent the disease-causing
agent in mad-cow disease from entering the human and animal food chains,
"it shouldn't be a problem," USDA spokesman Jim Rogers said in an
interview. He said the agency took into account the possibility that
Canada could discover more infected cows when it conducted a risk
assessment to consider lifting the ban on cattle imports. Marc Richard,
a spokesman for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, said the infected
eight-year-old dairy cow was born on an Alberta farm in October 1996,
about a year before Canada and the U.S. banned from cattle feed any
processed remains from cattle or other ruminant animals. Before that
ban, it was common practice to feed animal renderings to cattle. Mr.
Richard said the infected cow probably contracted the disease by eating
contaminated feed before the new feed restriction, introduced to try to
prevent spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, also known
as mad-cow disease.

Mad-cow disease spreads primarily among cattle that ingest infected
material from the brains or spinal cords of other dead cattle or related
ruminant animals, such as sheep or goats. Humans may also contract a
fatal disease similar to BSE if they eat contaminated beef.

The Canadian agency said that no part of the latest infected cow entered
the human food chain or animal-feed system. It said the positive BSE
diagnosis doesn't indicate an increased risk to food safety, as Canada
requires the removal of brain and spinal-cord tissue -- the so-called
specified-risk material that can contain the infective BSE agent -- from
all animals entering the human food supply.

Many U.S. ranchers are objecting to the Canadian animals, though. The
Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America, a
U.S. cattle-trade group representing ranchers, says the finding shows
that the USDA is moving too quickly to relax its ban on Canadian cattle.
"Obviously Canada has a BSE problem," a spokesman said. "We need to be
looking at how to strengthen our resistance against BSE rather than to
relax our standards that have thus far protected U.S. citizens and the
U.S. cattle industry." The group plans to ask Congress to oppose the
decison of the USDA.

But Dennis Laycraft, executive vice president of the Canadian
Cattlemen's Association, representing Canadian ranchers, said that
Sunday's confirmation of the sick animal wasn't unexpected and reflected
improved surveillance and testing for the disease in Canada. "As we
improve these things, we remain optimistic that we'll see a gradual
opening up of markets," he said.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency reported Thursday that preliminary
tests indicated possible BSE contamination in an Alberta dairy cow that
had been segregated and slaughtered as a "downer" animal, that is, one
unable to stand. Samples from the dead animal's brain were sent to a
laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for further tests that confirmed the
disease. The agency said it is continuing its investigation into the case.

Mr. Richard said the cow most likely became infected by consuming cattle
feed containing remains of infected cattle imported from Britain, prior
to the 1997 feed restrictions. The United Kingdom had a severe outbreak
of BSE in the 1980s and 1990s, involving more than 180,000 infected animals.

The U.S. banned all imports of Canadian cattle and beef products in May
2003, after Canada found its first indigenous case of BSE on an Alberta
farm. The U.S. lifted import restrictions on some Canadian beef products
the following August, but the ban on live-cattle imports remained in place.

Write to Tamsin Carlisle at tamsin.carlisle@wsj.com
and Janet Adamy at janet.adamy@wsj.com

Union: Meat plants violate mad cow rules Banned brains, spinal cords may
still enter food supplyBy

Jon Bonné
MSNBC
Dec. 20, 2004

Parts of cattle supposedly banned under rules enacted after the nation's
first case of mad cow disease are making it into the human food chain,
according to the union that represents federal inspectors in meat plants.

The National Joint Council of Food Inspection Locals, which represents
meat and poultry inspectors in federally regulated plants nationwide,
told the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a letter earlier this month
that body parts known as "specified risk materials" were being allowed
into the production chain.

The parts include the brains, skulls, spinal cords and lower intestines
of cattle older than 30 months. These body parts, thought to be most
likely to transmit the malformed proteins that cause bovine spongiform
encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, were banned from the human food
supply by USDA officials last January.

The union based its Dec. 8 complaint on reports from inspectors in
several states, though it declined to say which ones.

It said that the inspectors found heads and carcasses of some cows on
slaughter and processing lines that were not always correctly marked as
being older than 30 months. That age is the cutoff for rules governing
the use of higher-risk materials in human food; any animal older than 30
months must have any such parts removed before it can be cut up into meat.

But plant employees responsible for checking the age of cattle were not
always marking each older carcass. In the course of their regular work,
inspectors on the processing lines checked cattle heads themselves and
found some from older animals that had been passed through unmarked.

"We couldn't determine that every part out of there was from a cow under
30 months," Stan Painter, the union's chairman, told MSNBC.com. "There
was no way to determine which one was which."

The government and the beef industry frequently point to the SRM ban, as
it is known, as the single best measure to ensure that any meat possibly
infected by mad cow disease is kept out of the human food supply. The
ban was enacted this year after the first U.S. case of the disease was
detected in a Washington state dairy cow in December 2003.

Research has shown that most of the risk from infected animals lies in
neural tissue, such as the brain, not muscle meat. Mad cow disease has
been linked to a related human disease; both are always fatal.

USDA spokesman Steven Cohen said the ban was working, as were age checks
on cattle. "We feel very strongly that this is being done," Cohen said.
"It's being done correctly, and it's being verified by the people whose
job it is to do that."

Federal oversight for the age checks is usually performed by offline
inspectors — usually a more senior inspector at a plant who handles
larger issues such as food safety plans. They are directed to perform
spot checks on plant employees who perform the age checks using
paperwork as well as indicators such as the growth of the animals' teeth.

But current oversight would cover a small fraction of the total animals
that pass through any given plant — just 2 percent to 3 percent, by the
union's estimate.

In its letter, sent to the head of the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection
Service, the union also reported that some inspectors were "told not to
intervene" when they saw body parts of some older animals, sent for
packing with those of younger animals. This is despite export
requirements for certain parts that have been set by U.S. trading partners.

Specifically, the union said, kidneys from older animals were sent down
the line to be packed for the Mexican market, which prohibits them from
cows over 30 months. When the inspectors complained, Painter said, "The
agency basically told the inspectors, 'Don't worry about it.'"

Cohen said the age checks, which are usually performed before slaughter,
are meant to be handled by supervisors and veterinary medical officers.
"It is not the online inspectors whose role it is to determine" an
animal's age, Cohen said.

"The inspector on the line's role is to look for disease," he said. "If
an online inspector feels as though something is not being done they
should talk to their supervisors."

The online inspectors performed the checks on their own amid concerns
that older animals were not being marked as such, according to the union
and to an attorney familiar with the matter.

The cases referenced in the letter were apparently reported to
supervisors and to USDA district offices, Painter said, but the
inspectors were told, "Don't worry about it. That's the plant's
responsibility."

The union has not yet received a response, he added. Cohen said the
agency would have a response soon, and noted that the department's
inspector general is auditing how well plants comply with the ban.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6738982/

Greetings,

WITH all the lies and PR control the USDA et al do, it's no wonder consumer
confidence is high. IF the consumer knew the truth, i don't think it
wouild be
so high...

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