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From: TSS ()
Subject: Statement by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns March 3, 2005 ON SENATE SHOOTING DOWN GWs SUICIDAL BSE MRR NO SCIENCE POLICY
Date: March 3, 2005 at 1:28 pm PST

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Statement by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns March 3, 2005
Date: Thu, 03 Mar 2005 15:30:36 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy


Release No. 0074.05

Statement by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns
Regarding the Passage of S.J.Res. 4 by the United States Senate
March 3, 2005

"I am very disappointed in today's vote by the United States Senate to disapprove the rule submitted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish minimal risk regions and resume trade in Canadian beef and cattle under 30 months of age.

"Today's action undermines the U.S. efforts to promote science-based regulations, complicates U.S. negotiations to reopen foreign markets to U.S. beef and would perpetuate the economic disruption of the beef and cattle industry.

"USDA remains confident that the requirements of the minimal-risk rule, in combination with the animal and public health measures already in place in the United States and Canada, provide the utmost protection to both U.S. consumers and livestock. We also remain fully confident in the underlying risk assessment, developed in accordance with the OIE guidelines, which determined Canada to be a minimal risk region.

"I will now work with the U.S. House of Representatives to prevent passage of this resolution, which is strongly opposed by the Bush Administration, and continue our aggressive efforts to reopen international markets to U.S. beef."

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TSS

>"I will now work with the U.S. House of Representatives to prevent passage of this resolution, which is strongly opposed by the Bush Administration, and continue our aggressive efforts to reopen international markets to U.S. beef."


God help us! These folks are very very dangerous, and
science is not on there agenda at all.

THEY will appeal, appeal, appeal, until the get a
GW Judge that will over rule any and all science
about TSE and will rule only with the border being
opened in mind. IT will be a commidity/future ruling
in the end. GW has the final say, and he will expose
all of us to what ever strains Canada has. MY greatest
fear is that this MRR BSE Implementation GW et al are
force feeding us like they have been force feeding us
TSE tainted products for years, will migrate to other
countries and the BSE GBR assessments will be for naught.
25+ years of trying to erradicate this hideous disease
and all the money and heart ache and death, will be for
nothing, simply because GW et al wants his borders opened. well what about all those other coutries that
went through the very same things and then had to comply
with EU TSE regulations over the years. IF this administration continues to flagrantly defy TSE science,
in place of corporate greed (futures/commodities),
IF i were EFSA et al, I would tell GW et al that if
this continues, we WILL re-evaluate and UPGRADE
ALL OF NORTH AMERICA TO BSE GBR IV. PUT the monkey
back on his back, call his bluff. THE GLOBE MUST STAND
AGAINST THIS MAD MAN, or we all become more exposed to
this agent than we are already. SOMETHING to ponder as
another Country. NORTH AMERICA is in a unique situation.
WE have been rendering BSE/BASE/TSE cattle, SCRAPIE
infected sheep (who knows if any atypical were there,
we know we had atypical infected sheep in VERMONT but
USDA dropped the ball on that too), PLUS (and this is
very very important) CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE CWD IN
DEER AND ELK, for feed for all animals for human and
animal consumption. kind of like a who's who at the
zoonosis TSE disease recipe. will make for an interesting
strain. who in the hell wants to import this to feed to
there people? what country is this stupid? will have to
wait and see i suppose, but i dare say, some might just
do just that to get there borders open too, and this is what i fear about GWs suicidal BSE MRR policiy, a
domino effect. IT want be the only Pandora's box
GW et al has opened...TSS

Judge cites 'irreparable injury' if Canada-U.S. cattle trade resumes
at 13:03 on March 3, 2005, EST.

(CP) - Dropping the ban on Canadian cattle will attach a "stigma" to all
U.S. meat unless products from the two countries can be distinguished,
says a U.S. federal judge who has temporarily blocked the resumption of
trade.

"Once the Canadian beef is allowed to intermingle with U.S. meats, it
will open a flood of speculation," U.S. district Judge Richard Cebull
said in a 30-page decision released Thursday.

"Neither the contaminated meat nor the stigma associated with
contaminated meat could be removed from the U.S. cattle industry and the
substantial, irreparable injury will have occurred."

Cebull granted a preliminary injunction Wednesday on plans to resume
trade March 7 in cattle under 30 months of age, thought to be at the
lowest risk for contracting mad cow disease.

The case was sparked by R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America based in
Montana, a group of ranchers that has long opposed reopening the border.

Cebull argued the U.S. Agriculture Department had a "preconceived
intention" and rushed to resume trade "regardless of uncertainties in
the agency's knowledge of the possible impacts on human and animal health."

"Deference cannot be given to any agency that has made the decision to
open the border before completing the necessary scientific analysis of
risks to human health. The USDA cannot favour trade with Canada over
human and animal health within the U.S."

Agriculture officials have not responded to the court decision, which
gave both sides 10 days to set a trial date.

http://www.940news.com/news.php?cat=9&id=n030315ATSS

EFSA publishes Geographical BSE-Risk (GBR) assessments for Australia,
Canada, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and the United States of
America
Last updated: 20 August 2004

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued today seven
up-to-date scientific reports on the Geographical Bovine Spongiform
Encephalopathy (BSE) Risk (GBR) assessments for Australia, Canada,
Mexico, Norway, South Africa Sweden and the United States of America.

* 107 kB Press release

EFSA publishes Geographical BSE-Risk (GBR) assessments for Australia,
Canada, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and the United States of
America

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued today seven
up-to-date scientific reports on the Geographical Bovine Spongiform
Encephalopathy (BSE) Risk (GBR) assessments for Australia, Canada,
Mexico, Norway, South Africa Sweden and the United States of America.
While Australia’s GBR level I (i.e. presence of BSE in domestic cattle
is highly unlikely) is maintained, that of Norway has been raised to
level II (presence of BSE unlikely but not excluded), Sweden remains at
GBR level II and those of 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. EFSA’s Scientific Expert Working Group on geographic
BSE risk assessment also evaluated the status of Mexico and South Africa
which were classified as level III.

In 2003 EFSA was requested by the European Commission (EC) to re-assess
the Geographical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) risk (GBR) for
13 countries: Australia, Botswana, Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador,
Nicaragua, Namibia, Norway, Mexico, Panama, Swaziland, Sweden and the
United States. Although the European Commission did not specifically
seek advice from EFSA relating to the appearance of BSE in South Africa,
the working group decided to carry out a risk assessment for this
country under a self-tasking mandate in order to allow for a meaningful
evaluation of the three other countries in the Southern African Region
for which a GBR assessment was requested (i.e. Botswana, Namibia,
Swaziland). EFSA’s Scientific Expert Working Group on the Assessment of
the GBR has completed to date those assessments relating to Australia,
Canada, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and the United States of
America. The GBR assessments for the remaining countries will be
finalized by the end of 2004.

In conducting the GBR assessments, EFSA’s GBR working group followed the
methodology developed by the former Scientific Steering Committee of DG
Health and Consumer Safety (DG SANCO) of the European Commission which
is described in its final opinion on GBR assessment . The risk
assessments published today are based on up-to-date data provided by the
countries concerned as well as other sources of data (i.e. Eurostat and
country export data) covering the period of 1980 to 2003.


A detailed analysis for each country is presented in the Scientific
Reports


For media enquiries, please contact:
Carola Sondermann, Senior Press Officer
Tel: +32 2 337 2294
Carola.Sondermann@efsa.eu.int

Or EFSA Communications Director, Anne-Laure Gassin
Tel: +32 2 337 2248
Anne-Laure.Gassin@efsa.eu.int

For more background information about the European Food Safety Authority

Notes to editors

1. The Geographical BSE-Risk (GBR) is a qualitative indicator of the
likelihood of the presence of one or more cattle being infected with
BSE, pre-clinically as well as clinically, at a given point in time, in
a country. Where its presence is confirmed, the GBR gives an indication
of the level of infection.

2. The GBR assessments are based on information submitted by countries
concerned in response to a European Commission recommendation in 1998
setting out the information requirements for such an assessment.2 The
information concerns in particular imports of bovines and meat and bone
meal (MBM) from the United Kingdom and other BSE-risk countries,
rendering standards for animal by-products, use of so called Specified
Risk Materials (SRMs), feeding of MBM to ruminants etcetera.

3. The table below shows the current GBR levels of the seven countries
assessed by EFSA so far, as well as their former classification where
available.


GBR level Presence of one or more cattle clinically or pre-clinically
infected with the BSE agent in a geographical region/country GBR of the
country/Region
Current status
(status before)
I Highly unlikely
Australia (I)
II Unlikely but not excluded
Norway (I), Sweden (II)
III Likely but not confirmed or confirmed at a lower level Canada (II),
Mexico (N/A), South Africa (N/A), USA (II)
IV Confirmed at a higher level


N/A= not applicable, i.e. not assessed before


Preliminary-opinion on a method to assess the geographical BSE-Risk of
Countries or Regions (adopted on 10 December 1998).


Final opinion on the Geographical Risk of Bovine Spongiform
Encephalopathy (GBR) (Adopted on 6 July 2000).

Updated opinion on the Geographical Risk of Bovine Spongiform
Encephalopathy (GBR) (adopted on 11 January 2002).


Publication date: 20 August
2004http://www.efsa.eu.int/press_room/press_release/575_en.html


TSS





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