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From: TSS ()
Date: May 5, 2005 at 2:43 pm PST

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Date: Thu, 5 May 2005 13:25:49 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

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Release No. 0149.05
Amy Spillman (301) 734-7253
Ed Loyd (202) 720-4623


Requests Input from Industry

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2005-Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today
unveiled a thinking paper and timeline on the National Animal
Identification System (NAIS) and called on agriculture producers,
leaders, and industry partners to provide feedback. Both documents are
available on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's NAIS Web site at and will be published in the Federal Register.

"The documents we're releasing today offer a draft plan to move the
public discussion forward on this important initiative," said Johanns.
"We created these documents with guidance from the NAIS advisory
committee and with a great deal of input from producers. We're proposing
answers to some of the key questions about how we envision this system
moving forward. Now, I'm eager to hear from farmers and ranchers so we
can develop a final plan."

A comprehensive description of system standards will be determined over
time through field trials, user experience and the federal rulemaking
process. These documents lay out in more detail projected timelines and
potential avenues to achieve system milestones. For example, these
documents propose requiring stakeholders to identify premises and
animals according to NAIS standards by January 2008. Requiring full
recording of defined animal movements is proposed by January 2009.

The Federal Register notice acknowledges the outstanding concerns of
some stakeholders and frames questions for which USDA will be seeking
answers as it moves forward with the NAIS. These questions pertain to
funding for the system, confidentiality of data in the system and
flexibility of the system, among other things.

Consideration will be given to comments received on or before June 6,
2005. Send an original and three copies of postal or commercial delivery
comments to Docket No. 050-15-1, Regulatory Analysis and Development,
PPD, APHIS, Station 3C71, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD
20737-1238. If you wish to submit a comment using the Internet, an easy
link to the NAIS docket and comment form will be available on the NAIS
home page at

Once USDA receives feedback on the documents, it will follow the normal
rulemaking process before any aspects of the NAIS become mandatory. The
public will have the opportunity to submit additional comments on any
proposed regulations.

Comments are posted on the EDOCKET Web site and may also be viewed at
USDA, Room 1141 South Building, 14th St. and Independence Ave., SW,
Washington, D.C., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday,
excluding holidays. To facilitate entry into the comment reading room,
please call (202) 690-2817.

Administered by USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the
NAIS is a cooperative state-federal-industry program being created to
track animal movements from birth to death for the purpose of disease
tracking. It will be established over time through the integration of
three key components: premises identification, animal identification and
animal tracking.

State and federal animal health officials will be able to manage disease
surveillance and control programs more effectively and efficiently as
animal identification and location records are collected through NAIS.
They will also be able to implement electronic intra- and interstate
animal movement permitting rapid respond to potential disease outbreaks.

Eventually, the NAIS will allow animal health officials to identify all
animals and premises that have had contact with a foreign or domestic
animal disease of concern within 48 hours of an initial
presumptive-positive diagnosis. As an information system that provides
for rapid tracing of infected and exposed animals during an outbreak
situation, the NAIS will help limit the scope of such outbreaks and
ensure that they are contained as quickly as possible.

The NAIS is designed to encompass the tracking of all animal species
that could directly or indirectly impact the animal health status of our
nation's food animal system. Currently, species working groups have been
established for beef and dairy cattle, bison, camelids, cervids, equine,
goats, poultry, sheep and swine.

APHIS received approximately $33 million for NAIS implementation in
fiscal year 2005 through the Consolidated Appropriations Act. USDA also
transferred $18.8 million from its Commodity Credit Corporation to APHIS
in FY 2004 to support the program.

Last Modified: 05/05/2005

> Requiring full recording of defined animal movements is proposed by
> January 2009.

damn, what's the hurry ???


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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 77518

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