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Subject: Texas Farm Bureau names task force to study U.S./Canada BSE situation
Date: January 20, 2005 at 2:52 pm PST

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Subject: Texas Farm Bureau names task force to study U.S./Canada BSE situation
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 16:49:04 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

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January 21 , 2005

New BSE cases in
Canadian cattle raise concerns

APHIS to investigate newest Canadian BSE case before deciding the
"appropriate next steps"...

TFB names task force to study U.S./Canada BSE situation
WACO  The president of the Texas Farm Bureau has appointed a task force
to examine the impact of reopening the Canadian border to beef imports.

The U.S./Canadian border has been closed since 2003 when a case of
bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was confirmed in a Canadian cow.
In December 2003, a dairy cow exported from Canada to Washington state
was found to have BSE. Recent talks between the two nations resulted in
a planned reopening of the border on March 7 of this year. Since that
time, however, two new cases of BSE have been confirmed in Canada.

The Texas Farm Bureau feels that this issue must be examined very
closely, said Kenneth Dierschke, president of TFB. Our members want
the U.S. to take all possible steps to maintain consumer confidence in
the beef supply.

Kenneth Dierschke appointed Travis County beef producer Dan Dierschke, a
member of the TFB Board of Directors and Chairman of the Texas Beef
Council, to chair the task force. Dan Dierschke also serves on the
executive committee of the U.S. Meat Export Federation.

Serving as vice chairman is Albert Thompson of Nacogdoches County, a
beef producer, TFB board member and member of the U.S. Meat Export
Federation board. Also serving on the task force:

" Bud Alldredge, a Nolan County beef producer, veterinarian and chairman
of the TFB Animal Health Committee. He is also a member of the Texas
State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and a member of the American
Farm Bureau Animal Health Committee.

" Pete Case, a Tom Green County rancher and chairman of the TFB Beef
Advisory Committee. Case also serves as a member of the American Farm
Bureau Beef Advisory Committee and is a member of the Cattlemens Beef

" Earl Minze, a Freestone County rancher and member of TFBs Beef
Advisory and Animal Health committees.

" Darren Turley, an Erath County dairyman and chairman of the TFB Dairy
Advisory Committee. Turley also serves on the American Farm Bureau Dairy
Advisory Committee.

TFB President Kenneth Dierschke delivered a four point charge to the
task force:

" Determine the implications for Texas beef producers of reopening U.S.
borders to Canadian beef imports.

" Determine compliance of the Canadian beef industry with the ban on
feeding ruminant protein to livestock.

" Evaluate the BSE status in Canada and any potential impact on U.S.
consumer confidence.

" Assess current U.S. trade policy relative to BSE and other animal
health and safety concerns and its credibility with other major trading
partners such as Japan and Korea.

The TFB task force will report to the TFB Board of Directors on February


U.S. encouraging Japan to resume beef trade
The United States is offering changes to proposed beef trade policies in
negotiations with Japan. The United States says it is willing to provide
strict verification of cattle ages to Japan and to restrict shipments
from cattle aged 14 months and older, to lessen the possibility of
cattle older than 20 months from getting into Japans beef market.

The Agriculture Department and Japanese officials, however, disagree on
the method of aging cattle. Japan depends on scientific testing and USDA
says the quality of meat is an indicator.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: re--TFB names task force to study U.S./Canada BSE situation
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 13:18:11 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."

re--TFB names task force to study U.S./Canada BSE situation

Greetings TFB,

I wish to kindly submit my research of BSE/TSE in both
humans and animals of the past 7 years since the death of
my mother to the Heidenhain Variant of Creutzfeldt Jakob
Disease. THIS nightmare goes far far beyond the mad cow
hamburger, but nobody has listened to me. I will send you about
4 or 5 emails loaded with transmission studies that you probably
are not aware of and all the politics that have caused this ongoing
nightmare. I will first paste what i recently submitted to FDA following
with urls to my submissions and peer review publishing's in some
journals. ...snip...END

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Subject: RE: re--TFB names task force to study U.S./Canada BSE situation
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 14:53:01 -0600
To: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."

thanks--I will see that the task force gets your information.

-----Original Message-----
From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. []
Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2005 1:18 PM
Subject: re--TFB names task force to study U.S./Canada BSE situation

re--TFB names task force to study U.S./Canada BSE situation

Greetings TFB,


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Subject: Re: re--TFB names task force to study U.S./Canada BSE situation
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 15:14:43 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
References: <1BD93DFA039B344498E97C50C0413625144AAC@TXFBSRV5.TXFB.ORG>

thank you.............

kind regards,

By Lana Robinson
Field Editor

Following the announcement by Canadian officials that two more cows
tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), Dr. Ron
DeHaven, administrator for USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service, said the U.S. would do its own investigation of the facts.

"Today, Canada announced that a six year, nine-month-old cow has tested
positive for BSE," DeHaven stated on Jan. 11. "We remain confident that
the animal and public health measures that Canada has in place to
prevent BSE, combined with existing U.S. domestic safeguards, provide
the utmost protections to U.S. consumers and livestock.

"However, since this animal was born shortly after the implementation of
Canada's feed ban and to determine if there are any potential links
among the positive animals, we will expedite sending a technical team to
Canada to evaluate the circumstances surrounding these recent finds. We
appreciate Canada's willingness to cooperate and assist us in these
efforts. We will continue our ongoing work with Canadian officials in
their epidemiological investigations to determine the facts of these cases.

"As always, protection of public and animal health is our top priority.
The result of our investigation and analysis will be used to evaluate
appropriate next steps in regard to the minimal risk rule published last

DeHaven was referring to USDA's extensive risk review that led to its
decision to establish conditions under which it will allow imports of
live cattle under 30 months of age and certain other commodities from
regions with effective BSE prevention and detection measures. Based on
the review, the U.S. planned to reopen its borders to Canadian cattle in
this category on March 7, 2005. On Jan. 4, after the detection of the
second case of mad cow diseaseand before the thirdwas found in Canada
(since May 2003), outgoing USDA Secretary Ann Veneman told reporters,
"It would be hard for me to envision at this point the process not
moving forward as has been announced." Veneman based her statement on
the fact that the diseased animal was born in October 1996, before its
feed ban was implemented. USDA has said that adequate safeguards are in
place on both sides of the border to stop the spread of mad cow disease.

Bilateral cattle and beef trade expansion was sidetracked with the
discovery of Canada's first domestic case of mad cow disease in 2004.
The plan could still hit a snag. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman
Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said Canada's latest BSE case raises "serious
questions" regarding Canada's compliance with its feed ban.

Chambliss said the committee will hold a hearing the first week of
February on the Canadian beef and cattle import plan, as requested by
Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont.

While the Bush administration is sticking with its plans for now to
reopen the Canadian border to some live cattle imports effective March
7, it left the door open for a policy change.

Again, DeHaven emphasized the agency will investigate the newest
Canadian BSE case before deciding the "appropriate next steps" in regard
to its border plan.

Two farm groups, R-CALF USA and the National Farmers Union, have
challenged the USDA's plan.

Veneman said the agency's approach is consistent with guidelines
established by the World Organization for Animal Health, or OIE, and
relies on "appropriate, science-based risk mitigation measures."

Animals must include permanent marking as to their origin, and are
required to be moved in sealed containers to a feedlot or to slaughter.
They are not allowed to move to more than one feedlot while in the U.S.,
Veneman said.

USDA concluded that Canada meets the requirements for a minimal-risk
region. The designation of any future countries as minimal-risk regions
will be accomplished through rulemaking procedures following completion
of an appropriate risk assessment.

A Factsheet and Question and Answer document on this issue can be found
on the APHIS home page at

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