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  • Earliest mention of Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in literature? (FR exclusive)

    03/30/2016 7:03:46 PM PDT · by null and void · 46 replies
    Moby Dick ^ | 1851 | Hermen Melville
    In the case of a small Sperm Whale the brains are accounted a fine dish. The casket of the skull is broken into with an axe, and the two plump, whitish lobes being withdrawn (precisely resembling two large puddings), they are then mixed with flour, and cooked into a most delectable mess, in flavor somewhat resembling calves' head, which is quite a dish among some epicures; and every one knows that some young bucks among the epicures, by continually dining upon calves' brains, by and by get to have a little brains of their own, so as to be able...
  • Mad Cow Disease Found in US Cow

    04/24/2012 4:53:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 24, 2012 | Carrie Gann and Dan Childs
    The Department of Agriculture today confirmed a case of mad cow disease found in a dairy cow in central California. In a press briefing today, John Clifford, the USDA's chief veterinary officer, said the cow's meat did not enter the food supply and the carcass will be destroyed. The animal was found at a rendering facility run by Baker Commodities in Hanford, Calif. The disease was discovered when the company selected the cow for random sampling, Baker Commodities executive vice president Dennis Luckey told The Associated Press. The Agriculture Department confirmed today that the cow is the fourth discovered in...
  • Bad prion breath: Mad cow disease agent can infect via the air

    01/13/2011 11:18:22 PM PST · by LucyT · 8 replies
    Scientific American ^ | Jan 13, 2011 06:25 PM | Philip Yam
    As if it weren't bad enough that deadly prions can survive boiling and radiation, now comes word that aerosolized forms of the pathogen can enter the nose and find their way to the brain, with fatal consequences. Prions, you may recall, were the reason you avoided beef in Europe in the 1990s. They triggered the infamous mad cow disease epidemic in the U.K., which spread to the rest of Europe and other parts of the world. Prions are proteins that all animals produce, but sometimes, toxic mutant versions are made. These malformed versions can cause ..."
  • Soros Bets on U.S. Financial Collapse

    11/08/2010 3:29:58 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 82 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | November 8, 2010 | Cliff Kincaid
    snip “What is most troubling to me about this,” Diamond added, “is that the Fed’s QE2 is in alignment with George Soros’s agenda to destroy global capitalism.” The decline of the dollar “is what George Soros wants and what he has proposed in the past,” he noted. Soros, the billionaire hedge fund operator who finances various leftist and Marxist groups, including Media Matters, has made his fortune by betting on the collapse of national economies and currencies. He was convicted of insider trading in France.
  • US to lift 21-year ban on haggis

    01/25/2010 10:54:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 119 replies · 2,521+ views
    Guardian ^ | December 25, 2010 | Severin Carrell
    Smuggled and bootlegged, it has been the cause of transatlantic tensions for more than two decades. But after 21 years in exile, the haggis is to be allowed back into the United States. The "great chieftan o' the puddin-race" was one of earliest casualties of the BSE crisis of the 1980s-90s, banned on health grounds by the US authorities in 1989 because they feared its main ingredient ‑ minced sheep offal ‑ could prove lethal.
  • Scots ask US to lift haggis ban

    01/20/2008 9:33:32 AM PST · by Stoat · 148 replies · 1,052+ views
    The BBC ^ | January 20, 2008
    Scots ask US to lift haggis ban   Haggis, traditionally eaten on Burns night, is banned in the US The Scottish Government is considering asking the United States to rethink its ban on haggis imports. Imports of Scotland's iconic dish were banned by the US in 1989 in the wake of the BSE scare because it contains offal ingredients such as sheep lungs. Only an offal-free version of haggis is available in the US. The move would be backed by renowned haggis maker Macsween, which believes the American market could be a very lucrative one. A Scottish Government spokeswoman...
  • Canada Has a Problem (BSE)

    02/09/2007 8:55:34 AM PST · by B4Ranch · 8 replies · 440+ views ^ | 2/9/2007 | staff writer
    R-CALF: Latest BSE Case Leaves Little Doubt: Canada Has a Problem Billings, Mont. – On Wednesday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced yet another case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) discovered in a “mature bull” in Alberta. “Although Canadian headlines tend to say this is Canada’s ninth case of BSE, it is important to note that this latest incident is actually the 10th case of BSE in native Canadian cattle, because the BSE-positive cow discovered in Washington state in December 2003 was imported into the U.S. from Canada,” noted R-CALF USA Vice President and Region VI Director Max Thornsberry....
  • New vCJD Scare Rocks The UK

    12/08/2006 12:16:38 PM PST · by blam · 2 replies · 418+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 08 December 2006 | Debora McKenzie
    New vCJD scare rocks the UK 18:10 08 December 2006 news service Debora MacKenzie A third person in the UK has caught variant CJD from another human, in a blood transfusion. Many more people may be at risk of this human form of BSE, experts warn. Three of eight people tested so far in the UK are now confirmed to have been infected with vCJD through blood transfusions, autopsies have revealed. A total of 66 people in UK are known to have received transfusions from blood donors who later went on to develop vCJD. Of those, 34 later died...
  • New approach to BSE successful in lab

    12/01/2006 8:13:57 PM PST · by annie laurie · 6 replies · 422+ views ^ | 1-Dec-2006
    Prion-infected mice survive longer A new method of treatment can appreciably slow down the progress of the fatal brain disease scrapie in mice. This has been established by researchers from the Universities of Munich and Bonn together with their colleagues at the Max Planck Institute in Martinsried. To do this they used an effect discovered by the US researchers Craig Mello and Andrew Fire, for which they were awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for Medicine. Scrapie is a variant of the cattle disease BSE and the human equivalent Creutzfeld-Jakob disease. However, it will take years for the method to be...
  • New BSE case confirmed in Alberta (9th case found)

    09/16/2006 8:51:19 PM PDT · by Tamar1973 · 5 replies · 341+ views
    Western Business News ^ | August 2006 | Western Business News
    The Canadian government confirmed Aug. 23 bovine spongiform encephalopathy in another Alberta beef cow, the ninth BSE-positive animal of Canadian origin, according to Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America, a national non-profit organization. “R-CALF has been saying all along that it appears the prevalence of BSE in Canada is a lot higher than anybody anticipated,” said R-CALF USA President and Region V Director Chuck Kiker. “This raises a tremendous amount of concern, especially in light of the fact that it does not appear Canada’s meat and bone meal ban, or feed ban, was effective. With numerous cases of...
  • U.S. Slashes Testing for Mad Cow Disease, Citing Low Infection Rate

    07/20/2006 10:41:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 569+ views
    NY Terrorist Tip Sheet ^ | July 21, 2006 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    The Agriculture Department said yesterday that it would scale back testing for mad cow disease by about 90 percent, saying the number of infected animals was far too low to justify the current level of surveillance. “It’s time that our surveillance efforts reflect what we now know is a very, very low level of B.S.E. in the United States,” Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said as he announced the new testing program for the disease, bovine spongiform encephalopathy. After the disease was found in a Canadian-born dairy cow in Washington in December 2003, the department tested more than 759,000 animals over...
  • Study Suggests More Deaths From Mad Cow Disease

    06/23/2006 12:52:44 AM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 541+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 23, 2006 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    The long lives that some former cannibals enjoy before succumbing to a brain-wasting disease suggest that many more humans will eventually die of mad cow disease, scientists said Thursday. But several experts in such illnesses, called prion diseases — which are blamed for killing New Guinea cannibals and British eaters of infected beef — disagreed with that frightening implication of the study, which is to be published Friday in The Lancet, a British medical journal. These experts praised the rigorous work the authors of the report did to confirm that kuru, a disease that once decimated highland tribes in New...
  • BSE could incubate in people 50 years or more before symptoms show: study

    06/22/2006 9:52:41 PM PDT · by familyop · 12 replies · 769+ views (The Canadian Press) ^ | 22JUN06 | Sheryl Ubelacker
    TORONTO (CP) - It could take half a century or more for someone infected with prions - the cause of mad cow-like diseases - to start showing symptoms, say researchers, who drew that conclusion after studying a similar illness among Papua New Guinean people who once feasted on their dead. Their findings suggest that the number of human cases of variant Creutzfeld-Jacob disease (vCJD) could end up being much larger than originally suspected, say the researchers, whose study is published in Friday's edition of The Lancet. With 160 cases, the United Kingdom has the highest number of recorded cases in...
  • Japan agrees to lift US beef ban

    06/20/2006 10:59:16 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 3 replies · 249+ views
    BBC ^ | June 20, 2006
    Japan has agreed to lift its ban on US beef imports, a move that will allow American producers to resume exports to their biggest overseas market. Japan's Agriculture Ministry said US imports would be allowed to restart pending successful inspections of US meat processing plants. Japan first banned imports of US beef in 2003 due to fears over so-called Mad Cow Disease, or BSE. At that time the Japanese beef market was worth $1.4bn (£758m) to the US. Previous ban end Japanese Agriculture Ministry official Hiroaki Ogura said Japanese inspectors would now visit 35 meatpacking plants in the US that...
  • Atypical Strain of BSE Found In U.S. Cattle

    06/01/2006 3:00:29 AM PDT · by Lurker · 38 replies · 938+ views
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 31 May 2006 | Staff
    May 31, Rapid City Journal (SD) — Atypical strain of bovine spongiform encephalopathy found in U.S. cattle. The two cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) found in U.S. cattle over the past year came from a rare strain of BSE found largely in Europe that scientists are only beginning to identify, according to research by a French scientist. Researchers in France and Italy who presented their work at an international conference in England reported two rare strains of BSE that are harder to detect and affect mainly older cattle. Thierry Baron of the French Food Safety Agency presented research indicating...
  • Hidden CJD is new threat to thousands (Mad Cow in UK)

    03/27/2006 4:18:22 AM PST · by RightGeek · 10 replies · 465+ views
    THe (UK) Times ^ | March 27, 2006 | Nigel Hawkes
    THOUSANDS of people in Britain may be infected with variant CJD, the human equivalent of mad cow disease, without knowing it, research suggests. Experiments have confirmed that it is possible for a much wider group of people than had been assumed to be infected with the incurable brain condition. The presence in the population of undetected carriers of the infection has serious implications for the safety of the blood supply, and it increases the risk of passing on vCJD to others through infected surgical instruments. It could make it much harder to eliminate the human infection, even though cattle no...
  • R-CALF: Cattle Producers Support Creekstone Farms In Legal Battle

    03/26/2006 7:40:37 AM PST · by snowsislander · 5 replies · 281+ views
    The Cattle Network ^ | March 24, 2006
    (Billings, Mont.) – Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, at a news conference Thursday in Washington, D.C., announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to get permission to voluntarily test all of its cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). “R-CALF USA supports Creekstone in this effort because voluntary testing for BSE likely would help reopen and maintain certain export markets for U.S. beef, which in turn, would certainly benefit the thousands of independent cattle producers this organization represents,” said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard. “The U.S. economy is based on free enterprise, and Creekstone is...
  • Fox News: USDA Investigating Possible Case of Mad Cow Disease

    03/11/2006 2:29:53 PM PST · by COEXERJ145 · 41 replies · 1,174+ views
    Fox News | 03-11-2006
    Fox News Alert of a possible case of mad cow disease in the U.S...
  • 'Human remains link' to BSE cases

    02/08/2006 6:32:59 AM PST · by Calpernia · 18 replies · 392+ views
    BBC News science ^ | By Paul Rincon
    The first cases of BSE or "mad cow disease" could have been caused by animal feed contaminated with human remains, says a controversial theory. Some raw materials for fertiliser and feed imported from South Asia in the 60s and 70s contained human bones and soft tissue, the Lancet reports. Bone collectors could have picked up the remains of corpses deposited in the Ganges river to sell for export. If infected with prion diseases, they could have been the source for BSE. But the theory has been greeted with scepticism by several experts on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). The authors admit...
  • Alberta cow tests positive for mad cow: CFIA

    01/23/2006 8:10:19 AM PST · by ferri · 21 replies · 544+ views ^ | Mon. Jan. 23 2006 | News Staff
    A cow in Alberta has tested positive for mad cow disease, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed. Officials do not believe parts of the cow were processed for consumption. CFIA will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. ET. Federal agriculture inspectors sent what was termed a "suspicious sample" to a Winnipeg lab for further testing on the weekend. Canada's beef and dairy cattle breeding industry has been shut out of the United States since bovine spongiform encephalopathy was discovered in an Alberta cow in May 2003. A subsequent two-year ban on Canadian beef cost the industry an estimated...
  • Feeding human remains to cows may have triggered BSE outbreak, scientists say

    09/07/2005 3:19:04 AM PDT · by FYREDEUS · 20 replies · 614+ views
    Canadian Press via ^ | 01/09/2005 7:05:00 PM | CP
    TORONTO (CP) - A leading medical journal has published a disturbing theory on the origins of mad cow disease, suggesting it may have developed because human remains from the Indian subcontinent were mixed into cattle feed in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s. The authors say the practice may still be taking place elsewhere, adding it is important to discover whether other countries are importing animal byproducts contaminated with human remains that are destined for feed mills. Canada's leading expert on transmissible spongiform encephalopathies - as mad cow and its sister diseases are called - says the unsettling hypothesis may...
  • Feeding human remains to cows may have triggered BSE outbreak, scientists say

    09/01/2005 6:12:29 PM PDT · by M. Espinola · 27 replies · 808+ views
    (The Canadian Press via COMTEX) ^ | September 1st, 2005 | Helen Branswell
    A leading medical journal has published a disturbing theory on the origins of mad cow disease, suggesting it may have developed because human remains from the Indian subcontinent were mixed into cattle feed in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s. The authors say the practice may still be taking place elsewhere, adding it is important to discover whether other countries are importing animal byproducts contaminated with human remains that are destined for feed mills. Canada's leading expert on transmissible spongiform encephalopathies - as mad cow and its sister diseases are called - says the unsettling hypothesis may be accurate....
  • R-CALF Cattle Update: APHIS’ Plan to Lift Japan Beef Ban Premature

    08/24/2005 6:34:01 AM PDT · by snowsislander · 105+ views ^ | August 23, 2005
     (Billings, Mont.) – R-CALF USA expressed disappointment with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) proposed rule titled “Importation of Whole Cuts of Boneless Beef from Japan,” published in Thursday’s Federal Register (70 Fed. Reg. 48,494) to amend the agency’s regulation for the importation of meat and other edible animal products that would allow Japan to export boneless cuts of beef to the United States.    “This is another example of the USDA tilting the playing field away from independent U.S. cattle producers by continuing to give market access before we gain market access,” said R-CALF...
  • U.S. lifts Canuck beef ban

    07/15/2005 3:07:15 AM PDT · by Clive · 33 replies · 546+ views
    WASHINGTON (CP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Michael Johanns took immediate steps to reopen the border to Canadian cattle late Thursday after a federal appeals court dismissed arguments that imports could spread mad cow disease. American officials have already been in contact with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to prepare certifying cattle for shipment, said Johanns. Canadian officials expected trucks to roll next week to take cows south for the first time since May 2003 when Canada discovered its first case of mad cow. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was released...
  • U.S. border reopened to Canadian cattle

    07/14/2005 10:56:41 PM PDT · by Heartofsong83 · 9 replies · 330+ views
    CBC News ^ | 07/14/05
    U.S. border reopened to Canadian cattle Last Updated Thu, 14 Jul 2005 21:36:28 EDT CBC News The American border is "immediately" open to Canadian cattle following a court decision that overturned a temporary injunction banning their importation because of fears of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease. "The ruling is effective immediately, we are immediately taking steps to resume the importation of cattle under 30 months of age from Canada," said Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns in a late night statement. The decision by the three-judge panel of the federal appeals court was released a day after...
  • McKenna (Canadian Ambassador to US) Blasts American Ranchers Group After Homegrown Mad Cow Case

    07/01/2005 8:51:57 PM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 56 replies · 581+ views
    Canadian Press via ^ | July 1, 2005 | Beth Gorham
    McKenna blasts American ranchers group after homegrown mad cow caseBeth Gorham July 1, 2005 WASHINGTON (CP) - It's "hypocritical in the extreme" for a "very selfish" U.S. ranching group to keep blocking Canadian cattle when Americans now have a homegrown case of mad cow disease, Ambassador Frank McKenna said Friday. "The logic is so overwhelming that I find it difficult to imagine that this border won't be reopened," he said during a Canada Day interview in his office with a stunning view of Capitol Hill. McKenna, now four months into the job as Canada's top envoy to the United States,...
  • A beef with the USDA

    06/29/2005 7:54:14 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 55 replies · 813+ views
    The Toledo Blade ^ | Wednesday, June 29, 2005 | editorial
    FOR the first time, an animal born in the United States has been determined to have mad cow disease. Although authorities insist the public is not at risk, it's a concern because the U.S. Department of Agriculture has admitted mistakes and oversights in testing the animal, believed to have originated in Texas. This is a wake-up call for the agency to mend its shortcomings to ensure that no infected beef reaches public food supplies. It's refreshing that USDA Secretary Mike Johanns is owning up to mistakes and is taking criticism instead of trying to dodge it. That would be difficult...
  • For Months, Agriculture Department Delayed Announcing Result of Mad Cow Test

    06/26/2005 8:21:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 558+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 26, 2005 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. and ALEXEI BARRIONUEVO
    Although the Agriculture Department confirmed Friday that a cow that died last year was infected with mad cow disease, a test the agency conducted seven months ago indicated that the animal had the disease. The result was never publicly disclosed. The delay in confirming the United States' second case of mad cow disease seems to underscore what critics of the agency have said for a long time: that there are serious and systemic problems in the way the Agriculture Department tests animals for mad cow. Indeed, the lengthy delay occurred despite the intense national interest in the disease and the...
  • Testing Changes Ordered After U.S. Mad Cow Case

    06/25/2005 9:34:39 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 332+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 25, 2005 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    Substantial changes in the nation's mad cow testing system were ordered yesterday after British tests on a cow slaughtered in November confirmed that it had the disease even though the American "gold standard" test said it did not. "The protocol we developed just a few years ago to conduct the tests might not be the best option today," Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said in making the announcement. "Science is ever evolving." At an afternoon news conference in Washington, Mr. Johanns described serious errors in the testing in the United States on the animal, the second one found with mad cow...
  • New Case of Mad Cow In U.S.

    06/24/2005 12:38:53 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 159 replies · 4,311+ views
    AP | 6-24-05
    A new case of Mad Cow disease has been reported by the Dept.of Agriculture in the U.S....BREAKING.......
  • Is the U.S. Government Hiding Mad Disease Cow Cases?

    04/07/2005 8:17:03 PM PDT · by ex-Texan · 34 replies · 1,215+ views ^ | 4/7/2005 | Duncan Thorne
    A former American government packing plant veterinarian says the United States government is hiding cases of mad cow disease. American Records Are Not Credible, Former Plant Veterinarian Says Dr. Lester Friedlander said Wednesday that colleagues with the United States Department of Agriculture have told him of cases that the USDA has chosen not to announce. Friedlander, who has been invited to speak to Parliament's agriculture committee next week on proposed changes to Canadian inspection legislation, refused to give details. He said the USDA employees are close to retirement and risk losing their pensions. He has previously spoken out, however, about...
  • U.S. Government Requests Appeal In Minimal-Risk Rule Case (Canadian Cattle Border)

    03/17/2005 5:14:37 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 7 replies · 254+ views ^ | March 15, 2005 | USDA
    WASHINGTON, March 17, 2005-The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, today filed a request with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit asking that the court overturn the decision issued by the U.S. District Court in Montana that granted a preliminary injunction to delay the implementation of USDA's minimal-risk regions rule, which would re-establish trade with Canada for beef products and live cattle under 30 months of age. USDA's rule is the product of a multi-year, deliberative, transparent and science-based process to ensure that human and animal health are fully protected. We...
  • Blue Tongue virus scare places Pamplona Bull Run in free fall

    03/17/2005 8:14:25 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 6 replies · 343+ views
    CFP ^ | March 17, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    "Blue Tongue", a bullfighting equivalent to Mad Cow in Canada, has descended, out of the blue on Pamplona, home of the annual Bull Run. In what breeders lament is their worst crisis in a century, some 65 percent of Spain’s bull-breeding farms are affected by the blue tongue virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Looks like Pamplona bulls won’t be standing let alone running by this July’s bull run. The new millennium seems to have ushered in the Century of the Rare Virus. Bypassing acres of swampland, the mosquito-borne West Nile disease showed up in, of all places, New York...
  • Injunction Opinion: A Further Risk To Consumer Confidence

    03/16/2005 5:42:56 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 7 replies · 523+ views
    Agribusiness Freedom Foundation ^ | March 10, 2005 | Steve Dittmer
    R-CALF Goes Closer to Edge So how did your paper report the preliminary injunction R-CALF won against USDA's Final Rule on Canada? Rancher's Group Opposed to All Imports Wins Injunction in Court USDA-Hating Rancher's Group Wins Injunction R-CALF Wins Round in Turf War With USDA Using Consumers As Pawns in Import War, R-CALF Wins A Round R- CALF Throws Everything Up Against the Wall To See What Judge Will Believe R-CALF Demonstrates Allegations, Exaggerations and Half-Truths All Is Necessary to File Lawsuit I didn't think so. Here's what the papers did say: "A federal judge in Montana granted a livestock...
  • Cattle Alert: Japanese Officials Tell R-CALF Actions Will Delay Re-opening Border

    03/16/2005 5:22:50 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 10 replies · 619+ views
    Inside Washington Today/ ^ | March 15, 2005 | James Wiesemeyer
    R-CALF placed a half-page lobby-type ad in today's Washington Post, thanking the U.S. Senate for passing a resolution (52-46) that would, if it passed the House and was signed into law by President Bush (both unlikely events) do what a district court judge in Billings, Montana (Judge Richard Cebull) has already helped R-CALF accomplish: maintain the closure of the U.S.-Canadian border to live cattle under 30 months of age. The ad urges the House of Representatives to support the resolution of disapproval "against USDA's weakening of U.S. import standards." The ad was paid for by the Ranchers Cattlemen Action Legal...
  • Canada's Mad Cow Mystery

    03/07/2005 6:16:48 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 18 replies · 619+ views
    CFP ^ | March 7, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    One single cow. That’s all it took for the ultimate loss of an estimated $7 billion to the beleaguered, over-regimented by government Canadian cattle industry. There were no Sherlock Holmes-type detectives out on the hunt trying to find out how the sick cow showed up one day in land-vast Canada. A long-term, proud Canadian tradition, the once thriving cattle industry, was plunged into crisis by the discovery of a single infected cow. The clues of the Canadian Mad Cow Mystery are worth at least a serious look: In May of 2003, an Alberta Black Angus with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE),...
  • U.S. Senate votes against reopening border to Canadian cattle

    03/03/2005 2:27:26 PM PST · by Freebird Forever · 19 replies · 561+ views
    CBC News ^ | Thu, 03 Mar 2005 | CBC News
    Canada's cattle industry suffered another blow Thursday after American senators voted to quash the U.S. department of agriculture's policy to reopen the border to Canadian beef next week. Despite the Senate's 52-46 vote, the White House said U.S. President George W. Bush would veto the measure if it ever reaches his desk. Bush favours the reopening of the border. The U.S. banned Canadian cattle imports in May 2003 when mad cow disease was discovered in a Canadian cow. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said he was disappointed with the Senate vote. "Today's action undermines the U.S. efforts to promote science-based...
  • Border Stays Closed to Canadian Beef

    03/02/2005 3:26:17 PM PST · by doublehelix · 104 replies · 1,401+ views
    The country's beef producers were stunned Wednesday by yet another setback as an American judge agreed to postpone the opening of the Canada-U.S. border to Canadian cattle due to continuing fears about mad cow disease. "It's a disaster for our industry again," feedlot operator Rick Paskal said from Picture Butte, Alta. "This is a black, black day for the livestock industry in North America." The U.S. Department of Agriculture had planned to reopen the border Monday. No live cattle have crossed for almost 22 months. The first thing I thought of when I heard Paul Martin say that we...
  • 'Mad cow' disease found in goat

    01/28/2005 12:20:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 624+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 28 January, 2005
    A French goat has tested positive for mad cow disease - the first animal in the world other than a cow to have bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The European Commission says further testing will be done to see if the incidence is an isolated one. The animal, which was slaughtered in 2002, was initially thought to have scrapie, a similar brain-wasting condition sometimes seen in goats. But British scientists have now confirmed the disease was in fact BSE. More than 100 people in the UK have died from vCJD (variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease), the human form of BSE, after eating tainted...
  • French goat confirmed with 'mad cow' disease in disturbing world first

    01/28/2005 8:18:51 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 54 replies · 995+ views
    A goat slaughtered in France in 2002 has tested positive for "mad cow" disease, French and EU officials said, announcing the first case in the world of an animal other than a bovine coming down with the fatal illness that can be transmitted to humans. The discovery of the disease -- known scientifically as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cows -- is a disturbing sign that it can cross over to other species used for human consumption. The presence of BSE in other animals had been viewed as theoretically possible but has never previously been detected. BSE has been linked...
  • New findings on prions suggest BSE risk may be higher than thought

    01/20/2005 4:42:19 PM PST · by M. Espinola · 38 replies · 818+ views
    ORONTO, Jan 20th, 2005 (The Canadian Press via COMTEX) -- The human food chain may not be as well protected from BSE as everyone hopes, scientists admitted Thursday in the wake of publication of new research showing the malformed proteins that cause the brain-wasting disease can be found in more tissues than previously thought. Experts admit the findings are worrisome, but note the additional risk, if confirmed, may still be low because it is believed there is very little bovine spongiform encephalopathy - mad cow disease - in current cattle herds. "I don't want to provoke hysteria here," senior author...
  • Canada Discovers Suspected Mad Cow Case

    12/30/2004 5:57:41 AM PST · by The Teen Conservative · 14 replies · 286+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/30/04 | Reuters
    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada said on Thursday it had discovered a suspected case of mad cow disease, but said the 10-year-old animal in question had not entered the human or animal feed system. The test is still preliminary, and final results will be ready in three to five days, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said in a statement. Ottawa announced the news one day after Washington said it planned to lift a ban on imports of young live Canadian cattle. The United States imposed the ban after a previous case of mad cow disease, or Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), was...

    12/29/2004 2:09:04 PM PST · by Calpernia · 37 replies · 600+ views
    USDA ^ | December 29, 2004 | USDA
    USDA RELEASES RULE TO ESTABLISH MINIMAL-RISK REGIONS FOR BOVINE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY Recognizes Canada as Minimal-Risk Region, Making it Eligible to Export to the United States WASHINGTON, Dec. 29, 2004 --The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that after conducting an extensive risk review it is establishing conditions under which it will allow imports of live cattle under 30 months of age and certain other commodities from regions with effective bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) prevention and detection measures. This final rule ensures the continued protection of public and animal health from BSE, while removing prohibitions on the importation of certain animals...
  • Cattle Group Addresses Worries About Protein That BSE Cow At

    10/13/2004 7:18:05 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 17 replies · 481+ views
    USAgNet ^ | 10/12/2004 | USAgNet
    Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund of the United Stockgrowers of America, Billings, Montana, reported that it has fielded numerous calls from members and media inquiring about recent news reports that indicate byproduct proteins of the bovine spongiform encephalopathy-positive cow discovered in Canada in May 2003 were rendered into livestock feed and may have been mistakenly fed to cattle. R-CALF stated in a release that USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has known of this problem for more than one year. R-CALF cited an APHIS report dated October 3, 2003, as the source of this information. In formal comments to APHIS...
  • Trade Imbalance Of $900 Mn With India Worries China

    08/03/2004 9:56:53 PM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 7 replies · 460+ views
    Financial Express ^ | Wednesday, August 04, 2004 at 0000 hours IST | Financial Express
    NEW DELHI, AUG 3: A few years back, the Indian industry was worried about a deluge of Chinese goods making way into the country. Now, the Chinese industry has expressed concerns about the growing trade imbalance between the two countries. China has also pointed out the high tariff rates and growing number of anti-dumping cases against its products. China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) assistant chairman Wang Jinzhen said, “India had a trade balance of over $900 million in its favour in 2003. In the first five months of the current year, it has already crossed $1.7 billion...
  • BSE experts fear second disease phase in humans

    07/23/2004 1:36:00 PM PDT · by holymoly · 1 replies · 402+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | July 24, 2004 | Jennifer Cooke
    Britain's second possible case of person-to-person transmission of the human equivalent of mad cow disease via a blood transfusion indicates a possible second phase of the epidemic in people. What is even more worrying, experts say, is that the second victim - who received blood in 1999 from a person who later died of a new variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) - belongs to a different genetic group to every other of the 150 vCJD victims to date.
  • USDA announces inconclusive BSE (Mad Cow) test results...

    06/26/2004 12:35:45 PM PDT · by Dubh_Ghlase · 6 replies · 202+ views
    DR. JOHN CLIFFORD (APHIS Veterinary Services): "At approximately 5:30 this evening we received notice that an inconclusive BSE test result was received on a screening test used as part of our enhanced BSE surveillance program. The inconclusive result does not in and of itself mean that we have found another case of BSE in this country. Inconclusive results are a normal component of most screening tests which are designed to be extremely sensitive so they will detect any sample that could possibly be positive. "Tissue samples are now being sent to USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories, the National BSE Reference...
  • USDA Says Animal May Have Tested Positive for Mad Cow

    06/25/2004 7:24:47 PM PDT · by Freebird Forever · 6 replies · 165+ views
    Yahoo News / Reuters ^ | 6-25-04 | Randy Fabi
    A U.S. animal may have tested positive for mad cow disease and will be retested at a federal veterinary laboratory in Iowa for confirmation, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Friday. The USDA said animal health officials reported the first "inconclusive" test result for the brain-wasting disease since the government began using rapid test kits in June as part of a program to test more cattle. The faster test carries a greater risk of false positives. The USDA did not say whether the animal was a cow, steer or bull. The USDA's animal health laboratory in Ames, Iowa, will retest...
  • Unknown cattle disease detected in Britain(another deadly cow disease)

    06/08/2004 7:22:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 223+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | 06/08/04 | N/A
    Unknown cattle disease detected in Britain 1 hour, 49 minutes ago LONDON (AFP) - British scientists have detected a previously unknown brain condition which caused paralysis and death in a young cow, officials said Tuesday in a potential new blow to an industry badly hit by mad cow disease. An investigation had been launched after a white material was found on the brain of a heifer which died after suffering paralysis for around five or six days, Britain's Department for Environment and Rural Affairs said. The animals had been tested for known bovine diseases but none had been detected, a...
  • Banned Beef Entered U.S.

    05/22/2004 1:09:03 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 180+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 22, 2004 | Marc Kaufman
    Meat Was Safe, USDA Says Agriculture Department officials acknowledged yesterday that the agency quietly and improperly allowed millions of pounds of Canadian "processed" beef into the United States, despite an often invoked ban against importing that type of meat. "Clearly the process and our failure to announce some of these actions was flawed," said W. Ron DeHaven, the USDA's chief veterinary officer. He and other top officials said, however, that the decision to allow in selected Canadian processed beef was "scientifically sound" and that the meat was safe. A ban on Canadian beef was put in place last May after...