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From: TSS ()
Subject: Re: NCBA, others blast USDA over scattershot BSE policy
Date: June 20, 2005 at 6:54 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: NCBA, others blast USDA over scattershot BSE policy posted by TSS on June 20, 2005 at 6:50 pm:

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greetings,

sheesh, the cowboys are starting to sound like clones of stauber. exact
same litany of complaints.

this must have been overseen by karl rove's people in the white house.
everyone is getting sick of this pseudo-science and political
editorializing, be it global warming or bse.

now they have a huge problem if the cow really wasn't born before the
ban. in my opinion this is why they have failed to release any
documentation or actual date of birth. what's next, fake papers, fake
age, fake breed, fake country of origin, fake feed history, more fake
tests. all this is giving them is unravelling coverups. more loss of
credibility. actually usda doesn't have any left. Japan would be wise
to insist on knowing the age of this cow.

they were treating it as fixed by a short-term lie that the media would
soon move on and forget, not realizing that people on all sides of this
game will keep pushing and it will come back to bite them.

to bad sound science cannot prevail of this political BSe and people
don't just look at the science and transmission studies to date. with that
there is ample enough data about amplification and transmission to
warrant drastic changes.

instead, they would rather waste precious time to stop exposure to
both human and animals, to fight it out in court, all over a buck. thus,
the agent countinues to spread.

everyone now concerned over blood and chicken liter in the feed
(which is something very much to be concerned
over), but they cannot yet in 2005, stop the feeding of
ruminant-to-ruminants.
the 8/4/97 partial and voluntary feed ban was nothing but ink on paper.

and in 2005, the agent continues to spread, politics as usual, it aint here,
all spontaneous, and the cow jumped over the moon. ...


Industry expects BSE positive

BEEF, VEAL, AND LAMB COMMENTARY

Foodservice.com

June 17, 2005

On Friday June 10th, the USDA reported that a cow which had mixed test
results last fall had recently tested BSE positive from a different
analysis. It could take 2 weeks before the BSE infection can be confirmed.

Most of the industry is anticipating a positive BSE verification.

The beef and cattle markets may be volatile during the next few weeks. A
positive BSE result is not expected to slow the process to resume beef trade
with Japan and could help the USDA’s case to restart live cattle imports
from Canada.

Prices per pound FOB from USDA.

Price

Last Week

Difference

Price 03

snip...

http://www.ellinghuysen.com/news/articles/18122.shtml


and if TSS Tejas mad cow comes back negative from Weybride
or the story goes as atypical spontaneous, then Houston, we do
have a serious problem. ...


TSS


----- Original Message -----
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To:
Sent: Monday, June 20, 2005 9:40 AM
Subject: NCBA, others blast USDA over scattershot BSE policy


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NCBA, others blast USDA over scattershot BSE
policy

by Pete Hisey on 6/20/2005 for Meatingplace.com

In a Friday meeting with Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, Jim McAdams,
president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association complained bitterly
that USDA's scattershot approach to testing cattle for bovine spongiform
encephalopathy has caused financial losses to cattle farmers that can "never
be recovered."

McAdams' public lashing of USDA was one of several last week, as a number of
frequently divergent industry groups denounced the agency's public
announcement that a suspect cow, thought months ago to be BSE-free, will now
be retested using a method that the department had previously argued was
unnecessary. (See 'November cow' tests positive for BSE using Western blot,
, Meatingplace.com, June 13, 2005.) That reversal has sparked a flurry of
media activity questioning both the efficacy and consistency of USDA's
testing protocols.

The Kansas Livestock Association weighed in, expressing its members' "anger"
at facing "unnecessary exposure to market risk because of the way USDA is
handling this situation. KLA suggested in a letter to Johanns that USDA,
with input from the beef industry, "develop a science-based protocol for BSE
testing and adhere to it. Deviation from established procedures jeopardizes
consumer confidence, international trade and the economic well-being of
producers."

Meanwhile, Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of
America, leveled charges of excessive secrecy and lack of transparency at
USDA. "I can't remember a time when USDA has demonstrated as much
uncertainty and secrecy as it has shown over the last few days," said Leo
McDonnell, R-CALF's president and co-founder.

NCBA's objections to USDA policy were strongly worded, particularly for an
association so often allied to USDA and its policies. "We believe it is
imperative that USDA clearly restore integrity to the process to avoid
further and lasting criticism that can jeopardize consumer confidence and
access to international markets, and creates unnecessary market volatility,"
McAdams said, paraphrasing his remarks to Johanns during their meeting
Friday morning. "NCBA remains committed to a science-based approach in
addressing these concerns, but we simply cannot tolerate actions that serve
political pressures or pseudo-science over a sound surveillance program. The
only reason this particular sample ever became a major concern is the
apparent break from established scientific protocol by USDA, which we feel
has not been adequately explained."

Both NCBA and R-CALF noted that the uncertainty USDA has created with its
approach is probably more harmful than a single positive test result could
ever be. "Many producers have suffered very real losses that will never be
recovered," McAdams said.

McDonnell, for his part, expressed dismay that after cattlemen suffered
significant losses while waiting for the original IHC results last fall,
they're now suffering even more losses because USDA did not firmly establish
that the animal in question was disease-free.

"U.S. cattle producers thought this issue was settled more than seven months
ago because USDA told the public the BSE tests it used were the 'gold
standard,'" McDonnell said. "USDA is now parading the most recent test
results as a 'weak positive,' without providing any information to the
industry…we have no idea if the animal is domestic or imported, the precise
age of the cow, nor the breed."

http://www.meatingplace.com/MembersOnly/webNews/details.aspx?item=14408

TSS

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