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From: TSS (216-119-156-18.ipset36.wt.net)
Subject: USDA Administrator Grossly Misleads Congress and Public about MAD COW DISEASE R-CALF
Date: January 12, 2005 at 8:17 pm PST

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Subject: USDA Administrator Grossly Misleads Congress and Public about MAD COW DISEASE
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2005 22:19:24 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
CC: "CJDVoice , ylepape

USDA Administrator Grossly Misleads Congress and Public

BILLINGS, MONT. (January 3, 2005) In an official statement released
today, Ron DeHaven, administrator of the United States Department of
Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS),
said in response to Canada’s third confirmed case of BSE, “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 preventive measures were effective.”

However, USDA-APHIS has acknowledged that Canada does not even meet the
basic criteria established by the World Organization for Animal Health
(OIE) that allows a country to attain the OIE classification of a
“minimal-risk” country: Canada does not meet the OIE standard that
requires minimal-risk countries to have had in place a meat-and-bone
meal (MBM) feed ban for eight years.

“In USDA’s December 2004 risk analysis that accompanied the agency’s
Final Rule to reopen the Canadian border, USDA-APHIS stated it ‘chose
not to follow’ the specifications of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health
Code requiring minimal-risk countries to have an MBM feed ban
effectively enforced for at least 8 years,” Bullard explained. “Canada
did not implement its MBM feed ban until August 1997. For this reason,
Canada does not meet the OIE specifications for a BSE minimal-risk
country; therefore, Mr. DeHaven has grossly misrepresented Canada’s
eligibility to be considered a minimal-risk country under OIE guidelines.

“The fact is Canada lost its ability to be considered a BSE minimal-risk
country under OIE standards following its detection of a BSE-infected
cow in May 2003, and the best disease classification that Canada can
presently meet under OIE guidelines is as a BSE moderate-risk country,”
Bullard continued.

“The USDA’s Final Rule does not require Canada to meet the more
stringent BSE mitigation measures outlined by OIE for BSE moderate-risk
countries, and this is one of the main reasons the agency’s Final Rule
must be overturned,” Bullard added. “This Final Rule subjects consumers
and the U.S. cattle industry to more risk than what is considered
minimally acceptable by OIE’s science-based standards.

“We are deeply disappointed that USDA-APHIS would make such statements
that have the effect of misleading Congress and the public about the
critical importance of the international OIE standards,” Bullard emphasized.

# # #

R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of
America) represents thousands of U.S. cattle producers on domestic and
international trade and marketing issues. R-CALF USA, a national,
non-profit organization, is dedicated to ensuring the continued
profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. R-CALF USA’s
membership consists primarily of cow-calf operators, cattle
backgrounders, and feedlot owners. Its members – over 11,000 strong –
are located in 46 states, and the organization has over 60 local and
state association affiliates, from both cattle and farm organizations.
Various main street businesses are associate members of R-CALF USA. For
more information, visit www.r-calfusa.com
or, call 406-252-2516.

This page was last edited Monday January 10, 2005 .

http://www.r-calfusa.com/News%20Releases/010305-usda.htm

EFSA Scientific Report on the Assessment of the Geographical BSE-Risk
(GBR) of the United States of America (USA)
Publication date: 20 August 2004

Adopted July 2004 (Question N° EFSA-Q-2003-083)

* 167 kB Report


* 105 kB Summary

Summary of the Scientific Report

The European Food Safety Authority and its Scientific Expert Working
Group on the Assessment of the Geographical Bovine Spongiform
Encephalopathy (BSE) Risk (GBR) were asked by the European Commission
(EC) to provide an up-to-date scientific report on the GBR in the United
States of America, i.e. the likelihood of the presence of one or more
cattle being infected with BSE, pre-clinically as well as clinically, in
USA. This scientific report addresses the GBR of USA as assessed in 2004
based on data covering the period 1980-2003.

The BSE agent was probably imported into USA and could have reached
domestic cattle in the middle of the eighties. These cattle imported in
the mid eighties could have been rendered in the late eighties and
therefore led to an internal challenge in the early nineties. It is
possible that imported meat and bone meal (MBM) into the USA reached
domestic cattle and leads to an internal challenge in the early nineties.

A processing risk developed in the late 80s/early 90s when cattle
imports from BSE risk countries were slaughtered or died and were
processed (partly) into feed, together with some imports of MBM. This
risk continued to exist, and grew significantly in the mid 90’s when
domestic cattle, infected by imported MBM, reached processing. Given the
low stability of the system, the risk increased over the years with
continued imports of cattle and MBM from BSE risk countries.

EFSA concludes that the current GBR level of USA is III, i.e. it is
likely but not confirmed that domestic cattle are (clinically or
pre-clinically) infected with the BSE-agent. As long as there are no
significant changes in rendering or feeding, the stability remains
extremely/very unstable. Thus, the probability of cattle to be
(pre-clinically or clinically) infected with the BSE-agent persistently
increases.

http://www.efsa.eu.int/science/efsa_scientific_reports/gbr_assessments/573_en.html

CANADA

http://www.efsa.eu.int/science/efsa_scientific_reports/gbr_assessments/scr_annexes/563/sr02_biohaz02_canada_report_annex_en1.pdf

MEXICO

http://www.efsa.eu.int/science/efsa_scientific_reports/gbr_assessments/scr_annexes/566/sr04_biohaz02_mexico_report_annex_en1.pdf


Canada and the United States have been raised to level III (presence of
BSE likely but not confirmed, or confirmed at a lower level) following a
new assessment taking into account the most recent evidence. EFSAs
Scientific Expert Working Group on geographic BSE risk assessment also
evaluated the status of Mexico and South Africa which were classified as
level III.

http://www.efsa.eu.int/press_room/press_release/575_en.html

ONE YEAR PREVIOUSLY ;

From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. [flounder@wt.net]
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2003 1:03 PM
To: fdadockets@oc.fda.gov
Cc: ggraber@cvm.fda.gov; Linda.Grassie@fda.gov; BSE-L
Subject: Docket No. 2003N-0312 Animal Feed Safety System [TSS SUBMISSION
TO DOCKET 2003N-0312]

Greetings FDA,

snip...

PLUS, if the USA continues to flagrantly ignore the _documented_ science
to date about the known TSEs in the USA (let alone the undocumented TSEs
in cattle), it is my opinion, every other Country that is dealing with
BSE/TSE should boycott the USA and demand that the SSC reclassify the
USA BSE GBR II risk assessment to BSE/TSE GBR III 'IMMEDIATELY'. for the
SSC to _flounder_ any longer on this issue, should also be regarded with
great suspicion as well. NOT to leave out the OIE and it's terribly
flawed system of disease surveillance. the OIE should make a move on CWD
in the USA, and make a risk assessment on this as a threat to human
health. the OIE should also change the mathematical formula for testing
of disease. this (in my opinion and others) is terribly flawed as well.
to think that a sample survey of 400 or so cattle in a population of 100
million, to think this will find anything, especially after seeing how
many TSE tests it took Italy and other Countries to find 1 case of BSE
(1 million rapid TSE test in less than 2 years, to find 102 BSE cases),
should be proof enough to make drastic changes of this system. the OIE
criteria for BSE Country classification and it's interpretation is very
problematic. a text that is suppose to give guidelines, but is not
understandable, cannot be considered satisfactory. the OIE told me 2
years ago that they were concerned with CWD, but said any changes might
take years. well, two years have come and gone, and no change in
relations with CWD as a human health risk. if we wait for politics and
science to finally make this connection, we very well may die before any
decisions
or changes are made. this is not acceptable. we must take the politics
and the industry out of any final decisions of the Scientific community.
this has been the problem from day one with this environmental man made
death sentence. some of you may think i am exaggerating, but you only
have to see it once, you only have to watch a loved one die from this
one time, and you will never forget, OR forgive...yes, i am still very
angry... but the transmission studies DO NOT lie, only the politicians
and the industry do... and they are still lying to this day...TSS


http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/03n0312/03N-0312_emc-000001.txt

TSS





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