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From: TSS ()
Subject: Re: Statement by Dr. John Clifford Regarding Non-Definitive BSE Test Results
Date: July 27, 2005 at 12:53 pm PST

In Reply to: Statement by Dr. John Clifford Regarding Non-Definitive BSE Test Results posted by TSS on July 27, 2005 at 12:37 pm:


----- Original Message -----
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To:
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2005 2:57 PM
Subject: Re: Statement by Dr. John Clifford Regarding Non-Definitive BSE Test Results


> ##################### Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy #####################
>
> Greetings,
>
> with great disgust i must comment on this BSE/USDA/APHIS blunder as well. i
> swear, larry curly and mo could do a better job at this than is being done
> right now. for this reason alone the USA BSE GBR risk assessment should be
> raised immediately to BSE GBR IV;
>
> >>> I would note that the sample was taken in April, at which time the
> protocols allowed for a preservative to be used (protocols changed in June
> 2005). The sample was not submitted to us until last week, because the
> veterinarian set aside the sample after preserving it and simply forgot to
> send it in. On that point, I would like to emphasize that while that time
> lag is not optimal, it has no implications in terms of the risk to human
> health. The carcass of this animal was destroyed, therefore there is
> absolutely no risk to human or animal health from this animal. <<<
>
> for Heavens sake, this is July 27, 2005 and we are just now getting this
> sample to Weybridge. this reeks !
>
> THEN, to think of GWs BSE MRR policy of trading TSEs of all strains
> globally. again, USA and North America's BSE GBR should be raised to BSE GBR
> IV immediately.
>
> still very disgusted in bacliff, texas...TSS
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
> To:
> Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2005 2:45 PM
> Subject: Statement by Dr. John Clifford Regarding Non-Definitive BSE Test
> Results
>
>
> ##################### Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
> #####################
>
> From: TSS ()
> Subject: Statement by Dr. John Clifford Regarding Non-Definitive BSE Test
> Results
> Date: July 27, 2005 at 12:37 pm PST
>
> Jim Rogers (202) 690-4755
> Jerry Redding (202) 720-6959
>
> Statement by Dr. John Clifford Regarding Non-Definitive BSE Test Results
>
> Late yesterday, we received non-definitive test results on an animal sampled
> as part of a voluntary extension of our enhanced BSE surveillance program.
> USDA is conducting further testing at the National Veterinary Services
> Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, in consultation with experts from the
> international reference laboratory in Weybridge, England. We are also
> sending samples from this animal to the Weybridge laboratory for further
> testing. It is important to note that this animal poses no threat to our
> food supply because it did not enter the human food or animal feed chains.
>
> The sample was submitted to us by a private veterinarian. As an extension of
> our enhanced surveillance program, accredited private veterinarians, who
> often visit farms in remote areas, collect samples when warranted. The
> sample in question today was taken from a cow that was at least 12 years of
> age and experienced complications during calving. The veterinarian treated
> the sample with a preservative, which readies it for testing using the
> immunohistochemistry (IHC) test - an internationally recognized confirmatory
> test for BSE. Neither the rapid screening test nor the Western blot
> confirmatory test can be conducted on a sample that has been preserved.
>
> Our laboratory ran the IHC test on the sample and received non-definitive
> results that suggest the need for further testing. As we have previously
> experienced, it is possible for an IHC test to yield differing results
> depending on the ‚?oslice‚?Ě of tissue that is tested. Therefore, scientists
> at our laboratory and at Weybridge will run the IHC test on additional
> ‚?oslices‚?Ě of tissue from this animal to determine whether or not it was
> infected with BSE. We will announce results as soon as they are compiled,
> which we expect to occur by next week.
> I would note that the sample was taken in April, at which time the protocols
> allowed for a preservative to be used (protocols changed in June 2005). The
> sample was not submitted to us until last week, because the veterinarian set
> aside the sample after preserving it and simply forgot to send it in. On
> that point, I would like to emphasize that while that time lag is not
> optimal, it has no implications in terms of the risk to human health. The
> carcass of this animal was destroyed, therefore there is absolutely no risk
> to human or animal health from this animal.
>
> Regardless of the outcome of the further testing, I want to emphasize that
> human and animal health in the United States are protected by a system of
> interlocking safeguards. The most important of these is the ban on specified
> risk materials from the food supply and the Food and Drug Administration‚?Ts
> feed ban. And by any measure, the incidence of BSE in this country is
> extremely low. Our enhanced surveillance program is designed to provide
> information about the level of prevalence of BSE in the United States. We
> are extremely gratified that to date, all sectors of the cattle industry
> have cooperated in this program by submitting samples from more than 419,000
> animals from the highest risk populations. To date, only one animal has
> tested positive for the disease as part of the surveillance program. These
> interlocking safeguards continue to protect our food supply.
>
> #
>
> Note to Reporters: USDA news releases, program announcements and media
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> http://www.aphis.usda.gov and click on the ‚?oNews‚?Ě button. Also, anyone
> with an e-mail address can sign up to receive APHIS press releases
> automatically. Send an e-mail message to lyris@mdrdlyriss10.aphis.usda.gov
> and leave the subject blank. In the message, type
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> TSS
>
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