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From: TSS ()
Subject: From ESB au quotidien (INRA, France) to BSE-L, Feb 24
Date: February 25, 2005 at 9:06 am PST

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Subject: From ESB au quotidien (INRA, France) to BSE-L, Feb 24
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2005 09:19:34 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

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From ESB au quotidien (INRA, France) to BSE-L, Feb 24



AP, Thursday February 24
Japan reports possible new case of mad cow disease
A cow in northern Japan tested positive for mad cow disease in a
preliminary examination Thursday, an official said. If confirmed, it
would be the country's 15th case of the fatal brain-wasting disease.

The Korea Herald
Korea, U.S. ready for talks on beef imports
Korea and the United States will hold working-level talks on Monday
concerning the ban on U.S. beef imports, with further pressure expected
on Seoul to re-open its market. - 23rd February 2005
Japan to end US beef ban, summer
JAPAN - Japan's deputy consul-general said he expected his country to
end its ban on U.S. beef by summer. Kenichi Kimiya said the U.S. and
Japan were close to ending the standoff that began with the 2003
discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly known as mad cow
disease, in a Holstein in Washington state. Eating beef from a diseased
cow is thought to cause the fatal human variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. - 23rd February 2005
Getting beef back into Japan no simple process
US - When the door slammed shut on U.S. beef exports to Japan in
December 2003, Chuck Lambert packed his bags and got on a plane to
Tokyo. Lambert, the U.S. Department of Agriculture deputy undersecretary
for marketing, has been back many times since, and he spent Feb. 9 and
10 on a video conference with his counterparts at Japan’s Ministry of
Agriculture and Fisheries sorting out remaining details in a 6-month-old
framework agreement designed to reopen Japanese beef trade.

No reopening schedule yet from Japan
by Deborah Silver on 2/24/05 for
Japan has yet to provide a time frame for reopening its market to U.S.
beef, despite speculation on both sides that trade would resume this
summer. "I've gotten no confirmation at all as to what the time line
is," said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns.



FSA : Monthly report of Specified Risk Material and other BSE Control
breaches for January 2005
Thursday, 17 February 2005
The following report from the Food Standards Agency provides a monthly
update on specified risk material (SRM) finds and related issues. These
reports are posted on the Agency’s website normally during the second
week of each month. - 23rd February 2005
Illegal slaughter pair face jail
UK - A father and son who ran a squalid illegal slaughterhouse without
regard for human or animal welfare have been warned they may face prison
sentences. They also admitted three offences of contravening the
post-BSE regulations by failing to dispose of high-risk material and
eight charges of breaching rules on cattle movements, passports and



Ban on Older Canadian Cows Faces Challenge
By LIBBY QUAID, Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
American meatpackers challenged a ban on shipments of older Canadian
cattle, arguing Wednesday in federal court that it's arbitrary for the
government to say those animals are at greater risk of developing mad
cow disease.

BEEF: Age limit on imports seen boosting prices
Associated Press
Published February 23, 2005
Beef production will be slower than expected after Canadian cattle are
allowed back into the United States next month, the Agriculture
Department said Tuesday.,1,137627.story?coll=chi-business-hed

OIE appears to back USDA in R-CALF lawsuit
by Pete Hisey on 2/24/05 for
David Wilson, head of international trade development for the World
Organization for Animal Health (OIE, its initials in French) appears to
have backed the USDA in its litigation with R-CALF USA, a rancher's
group that has sued in Federal court to overturn USDA's decision to
reopen the Canadian border to imports of cattle and beef.

Lawsuit by Canadian beef producers could cost U.S. hundreds of millions
by Pete Hisey on 2/24/05 for
Canadian ranchers and feedlot owners, under the name Canadian Cattlemen
for Fair Trade (CCFT) filed suit last fall for damages under Chapter 11
of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which essentially holds that
if one member country's actions cause harm to elements within a trading
partner. The Canadians, about 500 of whom have signed on to the
complaint, claim that the closing of the border to live cattle and some
beef products in 2003 created just such harm, and estimate their damage
has grown from $75 million in October of 2004 to $325 million today.

DeLauro: Inspector General said White House pressured USDA on Canadian beef
by Pete Hisey on 2/24/05 for
Responding to questioning by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), ranking
minority member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture,
USDA Inspector General Phyllis Fong testified last week that USDA
officials told investigators that they had been pressured by an
administration source to widen the number of Canadian beef products
allowed in to the United States in the wake of the border closure in
2003. Fong also said that meat industry sources heavily lobbied USDA
staff on the same issue. - 23rd February 2005
NFU backs bill to rescind USDA plan to reopen Canadian border
US - Saying it's inappropriate to re-open the border in light of recent
BSE discoveries and the uncertainty of how many additional cases may be
detected, National Farmers Union is encouraging co-sponsorship of
legislation to rescind the USDA plan to resume Canadian live cattle trade.

NFU Applauds Efforts to Stop USDA’s Canadian Border Plan
WASHINGTON (Feb. 21, 2005) – National Farmers Union is encouraging
co-sponsorship of legislation to rescind the U.S. Agriculture Department
plan to resume Canadian live cattle trade.
NFU President Dave Frederickson today commended Reps. Stephanie Herseth,
D-S.D., and Barbara Cubin, R-Wyo., for introducing legislation to keep
the border closed to Canadian cattle and beef products, which is similar
to a bipartisan Senate bill introduced earlier this month.

AMI Submits Comments to CFIA Regarding Proposed Feed Ban Enhancements
Additional Measures 'Will Have No Immediate Effect' on BSE Cases
The American Meat Institute (AMI) filed comments to the Canadian Food
Inspection Agency (CFIA) today requesting that the Agency rethink its
proposal to remove specified risk material (SRM) from all animal feed as
an enhancement to Canada's existing feed ban. AMI maintains that such
regulations are not justified.

AMI : Judge Hears AMI Lawsuit to Reopen Border, Takes Arguments “Under

CCA : Canadian Cattlemen's Association Represents Interests of Cattle
Producers in R-CALF Lawsuit

CCA : Canadian Food Inspection Agency's Guidelines for Exporting Cattle,
Bison, Sheep and Goats to the United States


Yves Le Pape
ESB : Radioscopie d’une tourmente : témoignages et analyses


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