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From: TSS ()
Subject: Groups want Bush to quicken pace in reopening mad cow export markets
Date: August 6, 2005 at 6:36 am PST

Posted on Fri, Aug. 05, 2005



Groups want Bush to quicken pace in reopening export markets


BETSY BLANEY

Associated Press


LUBBOCK, Texas - The state's two largest cattle organizations on Friday asked the Bush administration to seek economic sanctions against 28 countries that haven't reopened their markets to U.S. beef.

Officials with the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association cited "growing impatience" among cattle producers in Texas, the nation's leading producer, and across the country that foreign markets, including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Russia, remain closed.

The country's cattle and beef industries are suffering financially, and they want the president to approach the World Trade Organization about imposing sanctions.

"We're leaving that to their best judgment on how best to approach it," Burt Rutherford, spokesman for the Amarillo-based cattle feeders. "We're not experts in international trade issues."

Japan was the United States' largest overseas market for beef before Tokyo banned all American beef after the first U.S. case of mad cow disease surfaced in Washington state in a Canadian-born Holstein in December 2003. The country's first homegrown case turned up in Brahma cross beef cow in Texas in June.

A spokeswoman for the Office of the United States Trade Representative said reopening the export markets to U.S. beef is a top priority for the administration.

"We will continue to coordinate closely with the U.S. cattle and beef industry, considering all available mechanisms to achieve that goal," spokeswoman Marci Hilt said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that shortly after the country's first case of mad cow disease in 2003, $4.8 billion in U.S. beef and beef product exports were banned by several countries. Japan made up about 60 percent of the U.S. market.

Since June 2004, the USDA has tested more than 410,000 animals in its heightened surveillance program implemented shortly after the Washington state mad cow case.

Washington has been pressuring Tokyo to lift its 18-month ban, and some U.S. officials have threatened sanctions unless the ban ends.

Last fall, Tokyo promised it would resume limited imports of cows younger than 21 months considered less at risk of the disease, but those plans were delayed by a dispute on testing standards used to determine the age of cattle.

"There's just no science or logical reason for these markets to remain closed," cattle raisers association spokesman Matt Brockman said. "We need to normalize trade for everybody's best interest - producers and consumers alike."

Mad cow disease is also called bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE. People who have eaten specific parts of cattle that get infected is thought to cause variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a fatal brain disorder that has killed more than 150 people, mostly in Britain in the 1990s.

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On the Net

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association: http://www.texascattleraisers.org

Texas Cattle Feeders Association: http://www.tcfa.org

http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/news/state/12314804.htm


>>>"There's just no science or logical reason for these markets to remain closed," cattle raisers association spokesman Matt Brockman said.<<<

actually, there is just no science or logical reason for the markets to remain _open_, until the USA gets its BSe
surveillance up and running properly. i would say when suspect BSE specimens are sitting up on shelves for months and months at a time before testing, or when positive BSE cases go unannounced for 7 months, or when you are rendering highly, visible suspect mad cows without rapid testing at all, i would say all this warrants suspicion to say the least. it nothing else, i would not want this product in my country, under these circumstances, or the fact we are still feeding cows to cows in 2005. scrapie, cwd rampant for decades, undocumented atypical TSE in USA cattle, all this rendered and fed back animals for human and animal consumption, go figure...


USA BSE GBR RAISED TO BSE GBR III

Working Group Report on the Assessment of the Geographical BSE-Risk (GBR
III) of USA 2004 ''extremely/very unstable BSE/cattle system''

USA

http://www.efsa.eu.int/science/efsa_scientific_reports/gbr_assessments/scr_annexes/574/sr03_biohaz02_usa_report_annex_en1.pdf>

CANADA

http://www.efsa.eu.int/science/efsa_scientific_reports/gbr_assessments/scr_annexes/563/sr02_biohaz02_canada_report_annex_en1.pdf

MEXICO

http://www.efsa.eu.int/science/efsa_scientific_reports/gbr_assessments/scr_annexes/566/sr04_biohaz02_mexico_report_annex_en1.pdf


Canada and the United States have been raised to level III (presence of BSE likely but not confirmed, or confirmed at a lower level) following a new assessment taking into account the most recent evidence. EFSAs Scientific Expert Working Group on geographic BSE risk assessment also evaluated the status of Mexico and South Africa which were classified as level III.

http://www.efsa.eu.int/press_room/press_release/575_en.html


From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. [flounder@wt.net]
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2003 1:03 PM
To: fdadockets@oc.fda.gov
Cc: ggraber@cvm.fda.gov; Linda.Grassie@fda.gov; BSE-L
Subject: Docket No. 2003N-0312 Animal Feed Safety System [TSS SUBMISSION
TO DOCKET 2003N-0312]

Greetings FDA,

snip...

PLUS, if the USA continues to flagrantly ignore the _documented_ science to date about the known TSEs in the USA (let alone the undocumented TSEs in cattle), it is my opinion, every other Country that is dealing with BSE/TSE should boycott the USA and demand that the SSC reclassify the USA BSE GBR II risk assessment to BSE/TSE GBR III 'IMMEDIATELY'. for the SSC to _flounder_ any longer on this issue, should also be regarded with great suspicion as well. NOT to leave out the OIE and it's terribly flawed system of disease surveillance. the OIE should make a move on CWD in the USA, and make a risk assessment on this as a threat to human health. the OIE should also change the mathematical formula for testing of disease. this (in my opinion and others) is terribly flawed as well. to think that a sample survey of 400 or so cattle in a population of 100 million, to think this will find anything, especially after seeing how many TSE tests it took Italy and other Countries to find 1 case of BSE (1 million rapid TSE test in less than 2 years, to find 102 BSE cases), should be proof enough to make drastic changes of this system. the OIE criteria for BSE Country classification and it's interpretation is very problematic. a text that is suppose to give guidelines, but is not understandable, cannot be considered satisfactory. the OIE told me 2 years ago that they were concerned with CWD, but said any changes might take years. well, two years have come and gone, and no change in relations with CWD as a human health risk. if we wait for politics and science to finally make this connection, we very well may die before any decisions
or changes are made. this is not acceptable. we must take the politics and the industry out of any final decisions of the Scientific community. this has been the problem from day one with this environmental man made death sentence. some of you may think i am exaggerating, but you only have to see it once, you only have to watch a loved one die from this one time, and you will never forget, OR forgive...yes, i am still very angry... but the transmission studies DO NOT lie, only the politicians and the industry do... and they are still lying to this day...TSS


http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/03n0312/03N-0312_emc-000001.txt


Terry S. Singeltary Sr. P.O. BOX 42 Bacliff, TEXAS USA





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