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From: TSS ()
Subject: LATEST SUSPECT USA MAD COW COMES UP NEGATIVE
Date: August 3, 2005 at 6:44 am PST

Contact: Jim Rogers 202-690-4755


Statement by John Clifford, Deputy Administrator Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

August 3, 2005


"The U.S. Department of Agriculture‚?Ts National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, has determined that the non-definitive test result reported on July 27 is negative for BSE. Tests conducted by the Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge, England, are also negative for BSE.

‚?oNVSL and Weybridge conducted the additional testing after a non-definitive IHC test result was received last week. The initial non-definitive result was caused by artifactual (artificial or untrue) staining and, while this staining did not resemble BSE, we felt the prudent course was to conduct the additional tests.

‚?oNeedless to say, we are very pleased with these results. I do want to emphasize that the most important protections for human and animal health are our interlocking food-safety protocols. Our enhanced surveillance program is designed to provide information about the level of prevalence of BSE in the United States, which by any measure is extremely low."

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PLEASE NOTE, this makes absolutely no difference to the way this case was handled. the fact these samples sat on a shelf since April and were not tested, while the TEXAS mad cow case blunder was going on, warrants serious investigation........TSS





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