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From: TSS ()
Date: March 25, 2005 at 6:01 pm PST

Friday, March 25, 2005

MP questions U.S. BSE-free status
this document web posted: Wednesday March 23, 2005 20050324p20

By Barry Wilson
Ottawa bureau

Another prominent Canadian politician has accused the Americans of hiding their own BSE problem, even as they punish Canada for honestly admitting it has had several cases.

Paul Steckle, chair of the House of Commons agriculture committee, made his allegation during an emergency Commons debate on the continued BSE border closing.

"I submit that from a purely scientific perspective it is difficult, if not impossible, to accept that the U.S. is free of BSE," the Ontario MP said. "The United States with its millions of cattle could not possibly be 100 percent free of BSE. It is not realistic in any sense of the word. I am not looking to bash our American friends but I am tired of getting kicked around for no reason."

Steckle represents the Huron-Bruce area of central Ontario that is home to the largest concentration of Ontario's large cattle industry.

He spoke in a debate triggered by Conservative MP Gerry Ritz after a Montana judge delayed the planned March 7 border opening to young cattle and the U.S. Senate voted to keep the border closed.

"If and when the U.S. BSE case is discovered, I would sincerely hope that the U.S. will not look to this Canadian MP for a lot of sympathy," Steckle said.

"I would be prepared to offer the same level of compassion and logic that the U.S. Senate offered to us."

The debate was a forum for Conservatives such as trade critic Belinda Stronach to argue that the Liberal government has been asleep at the switch in dealing with the Americans on this issue and for government MPs to highlight the billions of dollars that have been spent and Washington lobby trips that have been made.

It also was an opportunity for MPs on both sides of the House to insist that the government find more money and take a more aggressive stance against the Americans.

"It is time to take off our kid gloves and fight fire with fire," Steckle said.

"We demand that the government immediately use the budget's contingency funds to help our cattle and livestock farmers," said Conservative agriculture critic Diane Finley.

"Further, we are calling on the government to provide tax deferrals on 2004 income for producers devastated by the BSE crisis."

Agriculture minister Andy Mitchell and deputy prime minister Anne McLellan insisted the government has done much to support the livestock industry and will do more if necessary.

Criticism didn't come only from the opposition side of the House.

Edmonton Liberal and often renegade MP David Kilgour called on his government to provide more help to the farm sector, including a dip into the annual $3 billion contingency fund built into the budget for unexpected emergencies.

He said Agriculture Canada farm income estimates that included negative 2005 farm income in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Prince Edward Island were too optimistic because they assumed an open border and an 80 cent dollar compared to the U.S.

Instead, the border remains closed and the dollar is more than 83 cents. Farm income this year will be much worse than predicted.

"The time for action is now and we must simply put a lot more money behind our farmers now," said Kilgour. "This is the time. This is the rainy day."


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.

From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. []
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2003 1:03 PM
Cc:;; BSE-L
Subject: Docket No. 2003N-0312 Animal Feed Safety System [TSS SUBMISSION
TO DOCKET 2003N-0312]

Greetings FDA,


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

Terry S. Singeltary Sr. P.O. BOX 42 Bacliff, TEXAS USA

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