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Subject: USDA MAKES PRELIMINARY DIAGNOSIS OF BSE
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 18:37:54 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr." <[email protected]>
To: BSE-L <[email protected]>
CC: CJDVOICE <[email protected]OGROUPS.COM>, BLOODCJD <[email protected]>, [email protected]


Release No. 0432.03
Alisa Harrison (202) 720-4623
Julie Quick (202) 720-4623

USDA MAKES PRELIMINARY DIAGNOSIS OF BSE

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2003-Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has diagnosed a presumptive positive case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in an adult Holstein cow in the state of Washington.

"Despite this finding, we remain confident in the safety of our beef supply," Veneman said. "The risk to human health from BSE is extremely low."

Because the animal was non-ambulatory (downer) at slaughter, samples were taken Dec. 9 as part of USDA's targeted BSE surveillance system. The samples were sent to USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. Positive results were obtained by both histology (a visual examination of brain tissue via microscope) and immunohistochemistry (the gold standard for BSE testing that detects prions through a staining technique). Test results were returned on Dec. 22 and retested on Dec 23.

USDA has initiated a comprehensive epidemiological investigation working with state, public health, and industry counterparts to determine the source of the disease. USDA will also work with the Food and Drug Administration as they conduct animal feed investigations, the primary pathway for the spread of BSE.

This investigation has begun while the sample is being sent to the world reference laboratory in England for final confirmation. USDA will take the actions in accordance with its BSE response plan, which was developed with considerable input from federal, state and industry stakeholders.

BSE is a progressive neurological disease among cattle that is always fatal. It belongs to a family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. Also included in that family of illnesses is the human disease, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), which is believed to be caused by eating neural tissue, such as brain and spinal cord, from BSE-affected
cattle. USDA has determined that the cow comes from a farm in Washington State and as part of the USDA response plan, the farm has been quarantined. After the animal was slaughtered, the meat was sent for processing and USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is working to determine the final disposition of products from the animal.

For more information visit www.usda.gov.

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Docket Management Docket: 02N-0273 - Substances Prohibited From Use in
Animal Food or Feed; Animal Proteins Prohibited in Ruminant Feed
Comment Number: EC -10
Accepted - Volume 2

http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/03/Jan03/012403/8004be07.html

PART 2

http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/03/Jan03/012403/8004be09.html

Asante/Collinge et al, that BSE transmission to the 129-methionine genotype can lead to an alternate phenotype that is indistinguishable from type 2 PrPSc, the commonest _sporadic_ CJD;

http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/03/slides/3923s1_OPH.htm

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The above- Washington, Dec. 23 (UPI)-- PREDICTS VERY SERIOUS CONSEQUENSES FOR THE US CATTLE INDUSTRY.
1 MAD COW IN CANADA HAS COST THAT COUNTRY $3 BILLION
Our sec. of ag., Ann Veneman-- "I plan to serve beef for our Christmas dinner" and "we remain confident in the safety of our food supply"

http:www.organicconsumers.org/madcow/FDA122303.cfm

Somebody said "things are never as good or as bad as they seem"
 

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Downer cows can and do enter the food chain, as processed meats, hamburger, hot dogs, etc. The down cow identified as positive for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy ( Mad Cow ) did in fact enter the food chain as hamburger. Washington Recall--

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oa/recalls/prelease/pr067-2003.htm

FSIS- Food Safety and Inspection Service- is the federal meat inspection service in slaughterhouses doing interstate business.

Downer Cows - http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OFO/HRDS/SLAUGH/DepRed/LCDR/CNS/CNS32.html
 

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The cow has been traced to Canada.

Investigators Trace Diseased Cow to Canada

Dec 27, 12:08 PM (ET)

By EMILY GERSEMA

(AP) Workers of the Nuevo Carnic slaughterhouse select beef before packing it in Managua, Nicaragua on...
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Holstein infected with mad cow disease in Washington state was imported into the United States from Canada about two years ago, federal investigators tentatively concluded Saturday.

Dr. Ron DeHaven, chief veterinarian for the Agriculture Department, said Canadian officials have provided records that indicate the animal was one of a herd of 74 cattle that were shipped from Alberta, Canada, into this country in August 2001 at Eastport, Idaho. It joined the Washington state herd in October 2001.

"These animals were all dairy cattle and entered the U.S. only about two or two-and-a-half years ago, so most of them are still likely alive," DeHaven said.

DeHaven emphasized that just because the sick cow was a member of that herd, it does not mean that all 74 animals are infected.


(AP) Cows feed near a recently-posted no treapassing sign at the dairy farm Sunny Dene Ranch Friday,...
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Canada, which found a case mad cow disease in Alberta in May.

Just days after the discovery of the nation's first case of mad cow disease, the United States has lost nearly all of its beef exports as more than a dozen countries stopped buying American beef as insurance against potential infection.

Based on the Canadian records, the diseased cow was 6 1/2-years-old - older than U.S. officials had thought, DeHaven said. U.S. papers on the cow said she was 4- or 4 1/2-years-old.

The age is significant because the United States and Canada have banned feed that could be the source of infection since 1997.

Farmers used to feed their animals meal containing tissue from other cattle and livestock to fatten them. Health officials in both countries banned such feed because infected tissue - such as the brain and spinal cord - could be in the meal.


(AP) The dairy farm Sunny Dene Ranch is shown Friday morning, Dec. 26, 2003, in Mabton, Wash. The farm...
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The Agriculture Department also has recalled an estimated 10,000 pounds of meat cut from the infected cow and from 19 other cows all slaughtered Dec. 9 at Vern's Moses Lake Meat Co., in Moses Lake, Wash.

Ken Peterson, of the department's Food Safety and Inspection Service, said officials still are trying to track down the meat.

He and other department officials have stressed that the U.S. meat is still considered safe because the animal's brain and spinal cord were removed before the meat was processed.

Officials say the slaughtered cow was deboned at Midway Meats in Centralia, Ore., and the meat - though no contaminated spinal or brain tissue - was sent to two other plants in the region, identified as Willamette and Interstate Meat, both near Portland, Ore.

Mad cow disease, formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, is a public health concern because it is related to a human disease, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob. In Britain, 143 people died of the human illness after an outbreak of mad cow in the 1980s. People can get it if they eat meat containing tissue from the brain and spine of an infected cow.


(AP) Mabton, Wash., Mayor David Conradt speaks with a reporter in front of city hall Friday, Dec. 26,...
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The animal most likely became sick from eating contaminated feed, so investigators with the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates animal feed, are tracking down what it ate. That is a difficult task because the cow may have gotten the disease years ago, long before it showed signs that it was sick.

Dr. Stephen Sundlof, head of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, said the agency also is trying to account for all of the products made from the cow. This includes items like soap and soil.

FDA is "trying to trace down any byproducts from processing of the cow to keep it from getting into other products that FDA regulates, including feeds," Sundlof said.

Gregg Doud, an economist for the Denver-based National Cattlemen's Beef Association, said Friday that the United States stands to lose at least $6 billion a year in exports and falling domestic prices because of the sick cow.

"We've lost roughly 90 percent of our export market just in the last three days," Doud said.


(AP) Dan Senn walks past feeding cows at the dairy farm Sunny Dene Ranch Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, in...
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Keith Collins, the Agriculture Department's chief economist, said the market probably will not see the full economic impact of the mad cow case until trading intensifies after the holidays. He has said that 10 percent of U.S. beef is exported.

Japan, South Korea and Mexico are among the top buyers that banned American beef imports this week after the U.S. government announced it had found a cow in Washington state sick with the brain-wasting illness.

An international lab in England confirmed that diagnosis Thursday. By Saturday, when tiny Kuwait joined the import ban, the list of countries had topped two dozen.

A U.S. delegation is leaving Saturday for Japan, which takes about one-third of all U.S. beef exports, and possibly other Asian countries that imposed bans on American meat and livestock this week. The Treasury Department said it is monitoring developments.

Federal officials on Friday quarantined a herd of 400 bull calves, one of which is an offspring of the sick cow. During its life, the infected cow bore three calves.

One calf is still at the same dairy near Mabton, Wash., that was the final home of the diseased Holstein cow. That herd was quarantined earlier. Another calf is at a bull calf feeding operation in Sunnyside, Wash., and a third died shortly after being born in 2001, said DeHaven.

"There is the potential that the infected cow could pass the disease onto its calves," he said. No decision has been made on destroying the herds, he said.

Investigators are focused on finding the birth herd of the cow, since it likely was infected several years ago from eating contaminated feed, DeHaven said. Scientists say the incubation period for the disease in cattle is four or five years.

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Subject: Re: BSE/USA/DOWNER COUNT 130,000 (more fuzzy math) ?
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2004 10:47:40 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr." <[email protected]>
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy <[email protected]>
To: [email protected]
References: <[email protected]>


######## Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy #########

Greetings,

it did not surprise me when the FDA/USDA/APHIS changed the rules
during the middle of the game from this ''3D'' movie, but now they
seem to want to change the English Language as well, just to
make the words like (kill, slaughter, etc) to make in the publics eye,
make it look like it is not happening or about to happen. instead,
we now have the word ''denature''. ah, and speaking of a bad '3D'
movie, we now change the word 'downer' to '3Ds'. so instead
of _killing_ all downers, testing and keeping out of the human/animal
food chain, from the 200,000 that Dr. Detwiler stated, they will
actually keep only a minute portion of those downers out of the
human/animal food chain. the ones _they_ claim are CNS downers.
my question is, what about the _sub-clinical_ downers. you may
have a downer fall and break its leg, hind quarter, whatever, but
it may be from 1st complications of a TSE that it fell and broke
whatever. sub clinical TSE is a real threat from healthy and clinical
animals and in my opinion this ''3D'' system they have now set up
should _not_ be accepted by the 30+ countries that the USA bovine
products go to. it seems that the only way that anyone can make
the USA Government take action is through the almighty dollar,
and this means that all these 30+ countries that are now finally
standing up to the USA should continue to hold the USA feet to the
fire. this ''3D'' system will fail terribly, it is a band aide approach to
something that needs a tourniquet. one other thing i must ask the media
that monitor this site to bring to the publics attention, the USA has
been concerned about SRMS and MRMs for years, but only for
USA _export_ product$ YES, the USA has been removing SRMs
and MRMs for many countries due to human health risk, BUT they have
not done this for the USA. there are special certified slaughtering KILLING
plants (not de-naturing.....cracks me up, my mother and many more
were murdered by corporate [email protected] like this, she was not de-natured for
Gods sake, sorry, this BSeee is working on me), so when they
say they are doing this and taking extra steps due to public concern, well,
i simply disagree, it is simply for export reasons and concern people
will cut
back on burgers. ah, and the statement about the 190,000 DOWNERS;

Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 16:57:51 -0700
Reply-To: BSEL
Sender: BSEL
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."

USA BEEF PRODUCTS EXPORT $$$ U.S.A. Abattoirs approved for Swiss export
$ SRMs

http://www.vegsource.com/talk/madcow/messages/91423.html

Date: Fri, 6 Jul 2001 13:30:43 -0700
Reply-To: BSEL
Sender: BSEL
From: TSS
Subject: 190,000 DOWNER CATTLE ANNUALLY IN THE U.S.A.,
and not one case of TSE in herds ??? rather phenomenal,
or just plain old cover-up ???

Thomas Gomez, a veterinary epidemiologist with the Department of
Agriculture, told the Institute of Food Technologists convention that
scientific sampling for the presence of bovine spongiform encephalopathy
(the formal name for mad cow disease) among downed cattle brought to
slaughterhouses will increase from 2,000 last year to 5,000 this year
and even more next year.

Our surveillance of this stock is going to be increasing, Gomez said,
explaining that any evidence that American cattle are infected with the
agent that causes mad cow disease would likely first be found in sick
cattle that are brought to slaughterhouses.

Federal veterinarians have already examined the brains of more than
12,000 ill animals brought to slaughter over the last decade and have
not found any evidence that the disease is in this country.

Downed cattle are what the industry labels sick animals that have
trouble walking to the slaughterhouses because of neurological problems
or other illnesses that make them want to lie down. Such cattle are
normally rejected for human consumption, and turned into pet food. Of an
estimated 36 million cattle slaughtered in the United States each year,
about 190,000 are downed cattle.

snip...

http://www.courierpress.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?200106/28+plansto062801_news.html+20010628



USA BEEF PRODUCTS EXPORT $$$ U.S.A. Abattoirs approved for Swiss export
$ SRMs

* USA BEEF PRODUCTS EXPORT $$$ U.S.A. Abattoirs approved for Swiss
export $ SRMs

(235 lines)
From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr.
* Re: USA BEEF PRODUCTS EXPORT $$$ U.S.A. Abattoirs approved for
Swiss export $ SRMs

(242 lines)
From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr.

BSE-L archives  July 2001

denaturing and making things look cosmetically o.k., ........RIGHT!

3. Prof. A. Robertson gave a brief account of BSE. The US approach
was to accord it a _very low profile indeed_. Dr. A Thiermann showed
the picture in the ''Independent'' with cattle being incinerated and thought
this was a fanatical incident to be _avoided_ in the US _at all costs_...

snip...

http://www.bseinquiry.gov.uk/files/mb/m11b/tab01.pdf

we must not let these downers (all downers) go unaccounted for,
and let them be burried on the farm. we must compensate these
farmers, and i cannot believe i am going to say this;-) but as OZ
suggested, we must put a 'reward' on these BSE/TSE animals,
all of them.

let the PYRES begin...

TSS

Terry S. Singeltary Sr. wrote:

> ######## Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
> #########
>
> Greetings list members,
>
> i remember one vet quoting 190,000 and i remember Dr. Detwiler
> stating 200,000 plus, but that the USDA really has no idea, so where
> in the world is Dr. Dehaven and others getting 130,000 data from?
> He and others been standing up there feeding the Globe BSeee for
> over a week now. when will they open there eyes and see that they
> cannot keep spewing lies and half truths to the public...this is what
> has gotten us in this mess to begin with...
>
> TSS
>
> source;
>
> Subject: MORE BSeee FROM DETWILER...200,000 DOWNERS ANNUALLY and she is
> still singing the 'dont look, don't find' policy "Testing doesn't buy
> you protection."
> Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2002 09:09:47 -0700
> From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
> Reply-To: BSE
> To: BSE-L
>
> snip...
>
> Surveillance is more than a numbers game, Detwiler says: "It depends on
> the population you're testing and how good your rate of return is." The
> U.S. focuses on the highest-risk animals: neurologically ill and
> nonambulatory ("downer") cows, in which most BSE cases occur. The U.S.
> has about 200,000 downer cows every year, "and if you test 12,500 out of
> that population, you should be able to detect it at that rate of one per
> million," Detwiler states.
>
> snip my comments and text of article but if anyone interested,
> just go to BSE-L archive...
>
> http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=000A2927-B9DC-1D07-8E49809EC588EEDF&catID=2
>
>
>
>
>
> http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=000A2927-B9DC-1D07-8E49809EC588EEDF&pageNumber=2&catID=2
>
>
>
>
>
> Received: by ATTMAIL; Fri, 6 Aug 1999 15:54:00 -0400
> Date: Fri, 6 Aug 1999 15:54:00 -0400
> From: Linda Detwiler
> Subject: Re: HELLO Dr. Detwiler???????
> To: [email protected]
> Cc: [email protected]
> Message-Id: <"990806195914Z.WT19259.
> 1*/PN=Linda.Detwiler/OU=APHISNOTES/O=APHIS/PRMD=GOV+USDA/ADMD=ATTMAIL/C=US/"@MHS>
>
>
> X-Mailer: Worldtalk (NetJunction 4.6-p5)/MIME
> X-Mozilla-Status2: 00000000
>
> Hello Mr. Singletary,
>
> Here are the answers to your questions:
>
> snip...TSS
>
> 3. Number of downer cows in US - Since cows can go down for a number of
> reasons and many are treated and recover we have been yet unable to
> establish the total number of downers and the number of downers which do
> not recover. Our Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health and TSE
> Working Group has been working with the American Association of Bovine
> Practitioners to conduct a study to better understand why cows go down
> and how many do not recover. This work should be completed and published
> within the next couple of months.
>
> If you have other questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Please
> note I will be out of the country from the 7th to the 18th and will not
> be able to promptly respond to further questions.
>
> Linda A. Detwiler
> Sr. Staff Veterinarian
> USDA, APHIS, VS
> Emergency Programs Staff
> =====================
>
> TSS
>
> ########### http://mailhost.rz.uni-karlsruhe.de/warc/bse-l.html
> ############
>

########### http://mailhost.rz.uni-karlsruhe.de/warc/bse-l.html ############

Mad Cow: Linked to thousands of CJD cases?


By STEVE MITCHELL, United Press International


Monday, December 29, 2003


http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_15312.html



www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.052707499

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/99/6/3812?
maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&author1=prusiner&author2=prusiner&title
abstract=prions+meat+tissue+mice&fulltext=prions+meat+tissue+mice&searchid=10243
46978866_6016&stored_search=&FIRSTINDEX=0&fdate=1/1/2002


FULL TEXT;

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/full/99/6/3812?
maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&author1=prusiner&author2=prusiner&title
abstract=prions+meat+tissue+mice&fulltext=prions+meat+tissue+mice&searchid=10502
49844061_1953&stored_search=&FIRSTINDEX=0&fdate=1/1/2002

TSS
 
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