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Monday, August 22, 2005
Nearly a Thousand Violations of Mad Cow Rules at Slaughter Plants
US - In stark contrast to the public relations message touted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the beef industry that the U.S. regulatory system is adequate to prevent the spread of mad cow disease, an analysis released today by the...
Friday, August 19, 2005
USDA Proposes Amendments Regarding Boneless Beef From Japan
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service today announced that it proposes to amend the regulations for the importation of meat and other edible animal products by allowing, under specified conditions,...
USDA cites plants for violating mad cow rules
US - Inspectors have found more than 1,000 violations of rules aimed at preventing mad cow disease from reaching humans, the Agriculture Department said Monday. No contaminated meat reached consumers, the agency said. The rules were created in response...
Thursday, August 18, 2005
New BSE Testing To 'Cast Off Shackles'
UK - The Food Standards Agency's (FSA) recommendation to lift the Over Thirty Months Scheme (OTMS) and replace it with robust BSE testing systems for British beef has been praised by the National Farmers' Union. From the moment Ministers announced in...
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
USDA proposes to ease mad cow ban on Japan beef
US - The U.S. Agriculture Department on Tuesday proposed allowing imports of Japan's Kobe beef, easing a nearly four-year ban imposed because of mad cow disease concerns. An activist farm group criticized the proposed rule, saying the USDA was sacrificing...
BSE transmitted between sheep
UK - BSE has been transmitted naturally between sheep for the first time, a study has shown. Confirmation that such a thing is possible reinforces fears that the disease may have entered sheep as well as cattle on farms in Britain. The revelation that...
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Ministers plan tough BSE tests
UK - The government will promise tough penalties for farmers or abattoirs which breach planned new BSE testing rules for cattle, it emerged yesterday. The Food Standards Agency has recommended that the measure which keeps most animals over 30 months...
Farm leaders describe OTMS decision as a boost
UK - Farm leaders have welcomed the news that the Food Standards Agency has recommended to government it can replace the Over Thirty Month scheme with a BSE testing regime. NFU livestock chairman Richard Haddock said: “We are delighted the efforts...
Monday, August 15, 2005
BSE meat curbs to be eased
UK - The long-awaited lifting of the anti-BSE measure that keeps meat from older cattle out of food may finally happen in November, nearly 10 years after the rule was introduced. The Food Standards Agency is expected to recommend to ministers today...
Friday, August 12, 2005
Johanns Says BSE a Miniscule Threat in US
BSE "has generated, in my opinion, far more headlines than it deserves," according to Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns . "In reality, BSE is a miniscule threat in this country. And, I might add, a rapidly declining one worldwide. Because it is...
Thursday, August 11, 2005
FSA to discuss transition of BSE rules
UK - The UK’s food standards agency will meet next week to discuss a new BSE testing system trialled earlier this year as part of a managed transition towards replacing the Over Thirty Months Rule. This rule, which was set up in 1996, automatically...
Egypt removes remaining restrictions on Irish beef imports
IRELAND - The Egyptian authorities have removed all remaining restrictions to imports of Irish beef, according to Agriculture Minister Mary Coughlan. In November 2000, the Middle Eastern country suspended all beef imports from EU countries due to the...
USDA Wants Science-Based BSE TestsUSDA Wants Science-Based BSE Tests
US - For a second time in as many years USDA denied Creekstone Farms Premium Beef LLC, a privately owned producer and processor, the authority to test company-owned cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), company officials told DTN. Creekstone...
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Canadian cattle trickle south
CANADA - After 26 months, the American border has reopened and trucks filled with Canadian livestock are moving, but local producers remain cautious. “It is with great pleasure that I advise today is the first day since May, 2003 that live cattle...
Monday, August 08, 2005
FSA Board to consider advice to Ministers on BSE testing system
UK - A Food Standards Agency Board meeting will take place in public on 15 August 2005 to consider what advice the Agency will give to Ministers on a BSE testing system, trialled earlier this year as part of a managed transition towards replacing the...
Friday, August 05, 2005
Latest suspected US case of BSE comes up negative
US - What looked like the possible third case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the United States has now been confirmed as a false alarm, leaving the number of domestic cattle infected with the disease at two, with one of those being Canadian-born. Source:...
Canada cattle exports halved from pace before BSE
WINNIPEG - The pace of Canadian exports of cattle to the United States since trade resumed in mid-July was down by more than 50 percent compared to levels before mad cow disease halted trade in 2003, government data showed. Source: Reuters...
Thursday, August 04, 2005
US cow cleared of BSE
US - The United States does not have a third case of mad cow disease, according to just released test results. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says its own lab and one in Weybridge, England, have gotten negative test results for a suspect US...
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Summer BSE developments
fast and furious Summer started out with a bang for the Texas cattle industry when USDA confirmed that a 12-year-old Brahman-cross cow testing positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) came from a herd in the Lone Star State. The cow, originally...
Japan eases testing for mad cow disease
JAPAN - The government eased Japan's blanket testing of cattle for mad cow disease on Monday, a move that may pave the way for the resumption of US and Canadian beef imports. With the step, cattle slaughtered at 20 months of age or younger can be excluded...
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
New Zealand meat: banishing the specter of BSE
NEW ZEALAND - A New Zealand government advisory group's recommendation to set up a compulsory identification system for every farm animal in the country is to be welcomed. If implemented, the system will give further reassurance to consumers around...
US has first native BSE case
US - A 12-year-old, Brahma-cross cow from a commercial operation in Texas is the first domestic case of BSE in the U.S., USDA said June 24. The downer cow spent its whole life in Texas and was discovered at a pet food plant in Waco. USDA won't name...
Monday, August 01, 2005
Japan ends blanket testing for mad-cow disease
JAPAN - Japan dropped its policy of testing all cattle for mad cow disease on Monday and will only require checks to be conducted on cattle that are 21 months or older. However, blanket testing will in effect continue in Japan as all local governments...
Friday, July 29, 2005
USDA to run more tests in possible BSE case
US - Federal officials said yesterday that testing of a 12-year-old cow yielded possible signs of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and that further tests are being conducted to clarify whether the disease was present. Source: Cidrap...
Thursday, July 28, 2005
US finds third possible BSE case
US - The United States is looking into a possible third case of mad cow disease, the country's agriculture department says. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is conducting further tests on the animal, said the department's chief veterinarian, John...
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Light at end of tunnel for older beef cattle
UK - Expectations have been mounting in the farming and processing sectors that, after almost ten years, beef from cattle aged over 30 months of age might be allowed back into the human food chain. There has been a succession of false dawns over the...
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Appeals court rules judge erred in keeping Canadian cattle out after mad cow scare
US - A federal judge overstated the potential harm of allowing limited shipments of Canadian cattle into the United States after mad cow disease was found in Canada, an appeals court panel concluded in documents released Monday. Source: azcentral.com...
Monday, July 25, 2005
New case of mad cow disease detected in France
FRANCE - One new case of mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy(BSE), was announced Friday in central France. The infected cow is a Charolais, born in 1995 in a herd of the French Vienne department. It is the eighth BSE cases detected...
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