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From: TSS ()
Subject: Re: Ron DeHaven, Administrator APHIS & USDA BSE Roundtable June 9, 2005
Date: June 9, 2005 at 2:46 pm PST

In Reply to: Ron DeHaven, Administrator APHIS & USDA BSE Roundtable June 9, 2005 posted by TSS on June 9, 2005 at 1:48 pm:

-------- Original Message -------- Subject: USDA ANNOUNCES BSE ROUNDTABLE
Date: Tue, 17 May 2005 13:55:22 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

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Release No. 0168.05Jim Rogers (202) 690-4755Jerry
Redding (202) 720-6959

May 17, 2005-Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced that the
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will hold a roundtable discussion on
June 9 regarding the safety of North American beef and the changing
infrastructure of the industry. Johanns noted that data illustrating the
success of USDA's enhanced BSE surveillance program will be part of the
roundtable discussion entitled "The Safety of North American Beef and the
Economic Effect of BSE on the U.S. Beef Industry.""It is time to clearly
present the science that underlies the safety of North American beef and
examine the changing infrastructure of the industry," Johanns said. "It is
remarkable that we've not found a single new case of BSE throughout our
year-long aggressive search. Now it is time to put into perspective for
producers, processors, and decision-makers the facts and the future
implications of the course we are following." The enhanced surveillance
program targets the population of animals in which BSE is most likely to be
detected, including non-ambulatory or downer animals, animals exhibiting
signs of a central nervous system disorder or any other signs that could be
consistent with BSE and animals that die from unknown causes. More than
350,000 animals have been tested and all have been negative. The event will
bring together USDA experts, producers, packers, other industry groups and
academia to discuss the science of BSE and the economic impacts on the U.S.
beef industry. The roundtable discussion will be open to the public and held
on Thursday, June 9, from 9:30-2:30 at the Andrew Boss Laboratory,
University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus, St. Paul, MN. Potential
participants will receive invitations.#USDA 720-4623

oh boy, another bse roundtable event.
Don't ya just love these BSE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS?
they been discussing BSE around round tables for years here in
the USA and abroad, but nobody in the USA took heed to
any of the science...


Gerald Wells: Report of the Visit to USA, April-May 1989


The general opinion of those present was that BSE, as an
overt disease phenomenon, _could exist in the USA, but if it did,
it was very rare. The need for improved and specific surveillance
methods to detect it as recognized...


It is clear that USDA have little information and _no_ regulatory
responsibility for rendering plants in the US...


3. Prof. A. Robertson gave a brief account of BSE. The US approach
was to accord it a _very low profile indeed_. Dr. A Thiermann showed
the picture in the ''Independent'' with cattle being incinerated and thought
this was a fanatical incident to be _avoided_ in the US _at all costs_...


5-9 September 1988
First International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related
Disorders, Las Vegas, at which Dr. Hope gives the Seminar 'BSE:
A Scrapie-like Disease of British Cattle'.

27-28 June 1989 National Institutes of Health (Maryland) international
roundtable on BSE.

May 1992 OIE General Assembly in Paris agrees trading conditions
for bovine products from countries affected by BSE.

and in a paper which he gave to the SERONO SYMPOSIA,
USA IN 1996 entitled ''Speculations on the origins of BSE of the
Epidemiology of CJD'' he asserted that

''...It is generally assumed that the origin of BSE was the feed-borne
transmission of scrapie to cattle. The epidemiology of BSE is entirely
consistent with this hypothesis.'' (M8A Tab 41)


1: J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1992 Jan 15;200(2):164-7.

Recommendations of the International Roundtable Workshop on Bovine
Spongiform Encephalopathy.

Gibbs CJ Jr, Bolis CL, Asher DM, Bradley R, Fite RW, Johnson RT, Mahy BW,
McKhann GM.

National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892.

Recommendations of the working party were summarized as follows: Determine
the status in all countries of their national cattle herds with respect to
BSE. Attempt to develop a test to recognize BSE-infected animals before they
become clinically ill. Establish procedures to prevent spread of BSE agent
into the cattle populations, especially by eliminating feeds containing
rendered ruminant proteins. Review the rendering processes, identify the
sources and destinations of rendered products, and suggest appropriate
changes if needed. Especially needed are standardized rendering procedures
in regard to use of organic solvents, temperature, and duration of heat
treatment. Review import and export regulations to reduce the risk of
spreading BSE and to maximize opportunities for safe trading in cattle and
cattle products. The scrapie-free certification program of the USDA was
supported, and similar programs might be considered by other countries. If
BSE/scrapie is diagnosed in a given country, determine baseline incidence of
CJD in those countries and consider contributing to an international
registry. The WHO should address the problems of BSE, formulate policy,
participate in and coordinate research, and provide training opportunities
for veterinary and human health care workers from eastern European countries
and developing nations. Government and private agencies should consider
increasing support for research on transmissibility and pathogenesis of CJD,

BSE, CWD, scrapie, and transmissible mink encephalopathy. Prepare and
publish a critical neuropathologic review of all spongiform
encephalopathies, naturally and experimentally transmitted, defining the
characteristics of each disease in the various species known to be
susceptible. Consider producing guidelines for the biological and
pharmaceutical industries with regard to sourcing, collecting, and
processing bovine and ovine materials.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Publication Types:

* Congresses

PMID: 1348501 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

53. The epidemiological "think tank" meeting was held on 7th February, 1991
at the CVL, and Mr
Lowson's minutes of the meeting are exhibited at YB91/2.7/5.1 attached to
his letter at
YB91/2.18/2.1.See also YB91/2.7/2.1). The participants of the meeting were:
Dr Tyrrell,
Professor Richard Barlow, Dr Richard Kimberlin, Mr David Pepper and Dr Bill
Watson, as
SEAC members; Mr Bradley and Dr Pickles (of the Department of Health) as
observers; Mr
Lowson, and Mr Tom Murray (of the Department of Health) as the Secretariat
of SEAC; and
myself, Dr Hueston (USDA), Professor Peter Smith and Dr Paul Fine (of London
School of
Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Dr Paul Brown (of NINDS, USA).

see 'think tank' ...tss

Others in attendance are
listed at Annex B of YB91/2.7/5.1 at p 5.11. The meeting endorsed the work
that was being
done by the Epidemiology Department, and did not have any major suggestions
to make about
new approaches to be pursued. The meeting also recognised the inherent
limitations of
epidemiological modelling due to biological variables such as how many
animals were subclinically

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