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From: TSS ()
Subject: Re: Statement by Dr. John Clifford Regarding Non-Definitive BSE Test Results
Date: July 27, 2005 at 1:20 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Statement by Dr. John Clifford Regarding Non-Definitive BSE Test Results posted by TSS on July 27, 2005 at 12:53 pm:

o.k., let me get this right. i am pondering here;-)

all the time this TEXAS positive, positive, (secret) positive, inconclusive, negative, then Weybridge confirmed 2nd BSE documented case (thanks to the Honorable Phyllis Fong),
all this time this BSe going on in TEXAS, was plastered all over the news, this guy forgot about that sample, and it just sat up on some shelf wasting away for months, as to be in such bad shape, they now cannot even test it properly.
r i g h t ... like ooops, sorry. this is just more cr@p, what i call BSeee...USA BSE GBR IV ASAP! gw's bse mrr policy should be trashed, where it rightly belongs. it was about nothing more than commodities and futures, to hell with human health.
the june 2004 bse enhanced surveillance program was a sham.
it was nothing more than an enhanced program to attempt to cover up any cases, actually not to find any, but they could not even get that right. every consumer out there should be outraged. they should now demand that every cow for human animal consumption be tested properly for TSE...TSS

----- 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.
>
> #
>
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> TSS
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