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From: TSS (216-119-132-25.ipset12.wt.net)
Subject: WAXMAN AND CONRAD SLAM INCOMING AG SECRETARY OVER CANADA'S MAD COW AND FEED PROBLEMS
Date: January 6, 2005 at 9:53 am PST

Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2005 10:04:00 -0600
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Sender: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr.
Subject: WAXMAN AND CONRAD SLAM INCOMING AG SECRETARY OVER CANADA'S MAD
COW AND FEED PROBLEMS

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Congress of the United States Washington, DC 20515
January 5, 2005 The Honorable Michael Johanns Governor State of Nebraska
Office of the Governor P.O. Box 94848 Lincoln, NE 68509-4848 Dear
Governor Johanns: On January 4, 2005, the U.S. Department of Agriculture
announced that it would lift the ban on cattle imports from Canada,
effective on March 7. A principal rationale for USDA's decision is that
Canada has a "rigorous" and "effective" feed ban in place, which
prevents the spread of "mad cow disease" by preventing protein derived
from cattle from being fed to cattle. It appears, however, that USDA has
failed to review significant evidence that calls into question the
effectiveness of the Canadian feed ban. If, as expected, you are
confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture, we urge you to assess this new
information carefully before proceeding with the plan to reopen the U.S.
border to the importation of millions of Canadian cattle. We have
learned that: " U.S. regulators have discovered animal muscle, hair,
blood and bone in Canadian feed. Over the last 15 months, the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued "import alerts" blocking the
importation of products from 17 Canadian companies, including two of the
largest feed manufacturers in the country. FDA found muscle tissue in 15
products, animal hair in five, blood in eight, and bone in two. Eight
"import alerts'' on Canadian feed are still active today. " Recent tests
have shown that Canadian feed often contains unanticipated animal
protein. Over two-thirds of samples of vegetarian animal feed
manufactured in Canada and recently tested by the Canadian regulators
contained "undeclared animal materials." In an internal memo, a senior
regulator called the test results "worrisome." " Major noncompliance
with Canadian feed rules persists. Recent inspections have revealed that
seven Canadian feed mills had "major non-compliance" issues, and three
were failing "to prevent contamination of... feeds." In one recent case,
potentially contaminated feed was consumed by cattle. " Canada
recognizes gaps in its own feed ban. On December 10, 2004, Canadian
regulators concluded that "the current framework provides opportunities
for prohibited proteins to be accidentally included in or
cross-contaminate feeds." Canada then proposed changes to its feed ban.
The Honorable Michael Johanns January 5, 2005 Page 2 These findings,
which are discussed in detail in the attachments to this letter, have
significant implications. The recent discovery of another case of mad
cow disease in Canada underscores the potential risk of inadequate
measures to prevent the spread of the disease. If Canada's feed ban is
not effective, then Canada does not qualify as a "minimal risk" country
under the new definition put forward by USDA, and the importation of
Canadian cattle cannot resume. It is imperative that these issues be
thoroughly investigated before authorizing Canadian imports. For these
reasons, we urge you to consult with FDA about the "import alerts"
against Canadian feed suppliers and assess their implications for the
effectiveness of the Canadian feed ban. We also urge you to review the
Canadian documents questioning industry's compliance with the feed ban
and to talk to Canadian officials about the limitations of their current
feed ban. After undertaking this investigation, we urge you to appear
before Congress to communicate your findings. Sincerely, Henry A. Waxman
Ranking Minority Member Committee on Government Reform U.S. House of
Representatives Kent Conrad Senator U.S. Senate

PLEASE SEE FULL TEXT 9 PAGES...TSS


http://www.democrats.reform.house.gov/Documents/20050105172715-33292.pdf

"If the science doesn't fit what the White House wants it to be, it
distorts the science."

http://www.house.gov/waxman/news.htm TSS


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