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Thursday, December 04, 2008
BSE Variant More Virulent than Classical Form
MANHATTAN, US - An atypical prion strain of mad cow disease, also called bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BS, is more virulent than the classical strain, according to a researcher who spoke Nov. 14 at Kansas State University....
Monday, December 01, 2008
New Mad Cow Rule Poses Health Dangers of its Own
US - A federal regulation aimed at preventing mad cow disease from getting into the food supply could create health risks of its own: many thousands of cattle carcasses rotting on farms, spreading germs, attracting vermin and polluting the water....
Friday, November 28, 2008
Korean Supermarkets Resume US Beef Sales
KOREA, SOUTH - Major South Korean discount retailers E-Mart, Home Plus and Lotte Mart resumed selling imported US beef on Thursday this week....
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Mad Cow Variant May be Transmissible to Humans
MANHATTAN, US - The classical form of mad cow disease and a variant manifest themselves differently, but research suggests that the variant may also be transmissible to humans, according a researcher speaking at Kansas State University....
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Seoul Searches for Answers to Canadian BSE case
SOUTH KOREA - Seoul said it will deploy inspectors to Canada to investigate what caused the country's most recent case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, according to South Korean media reports. ...
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Mad Cow in British Columbia
OTTAWA, CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a seven-year-old dairy cow from British Columbia. No part of the animal’s carcass entered the human food or animal feed systems....
Friday, November 14, 2008
Confirmed Case of BSE in Meath Cow
IRELAND - The Department of Agriculture is investigating an outbreak of the cattle brain disease BSE in a five-year-old dairy cow in Meath during the week....
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Real Value of Japan's One Trillion Yen BSE Tests
JAPAN - Questions about the effectiveness of Japan’s policy of testing 100 per cent of cattle for BSE were raised in a seminar hosted by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)....
Friday, November 07, 2008
13th Mad Cow Case Blames Bad Feed
OTTAWA, CANADA - An official investigation into Canada's 13th case of mad cow disease said today infected feed was most likely to blame – the same reason given in many previous cases....
Monday, November 03, 2008
Brains pay in Australian BSE research
AUSTRALIA - The Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries has doubled the money being offered for cattle and sheep brains, which are used to help prove Australia is free of mad cow disease....
Friday, October 31, 2008
Defra Consult on Rule Changes
UK - The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Welsh Assembly Government and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have today launched a joint consultation on proposals to raise the age above which cattle must be tested for BSE....
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Mexico Lifts Ban on Alberta Cattle
MEXICO - Mexico has lifted a two-month old ban on imports of breeding cattle from Alberta, imposed following the discovery of Canada's 14th case of mad cow disease in the province...
Monday, October 20, 2008
Delay to End of 48-month Limit Could Cost Millions
WALES, UK - The Farmers Union of Wales has reacted angrily to the decision by the Food Standards Agency to await a further report before raising the cattle BSE testing limit to 48 months....
USMEF: Fallacy of Overreliance on Testing
US - An overreliance on meaningless testing and a lack of focus on documenting the effectiveness of steps that are making significant inroads against Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) are hindering a hungry world’s access to protein, driving up...
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Proposals to Reduce BSE Testing of Cattle
UK - The Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee (SEAC) has been estimating the impact to human health of actioning proposals to reduce BSE testing of cattle slaughtered for food. This will be discussed at the FSA Board meeting today. ...
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
EU Raises BSE Cattle Testing Age to 48 Months
UK - EU animal health experts have raised the minimum age for testing cattle for mad cow disease in the EU's 15 'older' countries to 48 months, given fewer cases of the brain-wasting virus, the EU executive said on Tuesday. ...
Monday, October 13, 2008
Will Britain Back Relaxed EU ‘Mad Cow’ Testing Rules?
UK - Tough controls on beef that protect consumers from the human form of “mad cow” disease may be relaxed in Britain and across the Continent. ...
Friday, October 10, 2008
Nanotechnology Detects Prions in Cattle
US - With funding from USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service National Research Initiative, scientists in New York created a new device that may provide a faster, easier, and more reliable way to test for mad cow disease,...
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Transitional Funding For Fallen Stock
UK - Transitional funding will be made available to farmers for a year to help meet the costs of collection and disposal of cattle requiring BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) testing. ...
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Defra Announces Changes to TSEs Testing
UK - The number of cases of BSE and scrapie, included in a family of brain diseases called Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs), in Great Britain has continued to fall. ...
Monday, September 29, 2008
More to Prion Protein than Mad Cow Disease?
UK - Prion protein, a form of protein that triggers BSE, is associated with other brain diseases in cattle, raising the possibility of a significant increase in the range of prion disease....
Monday, September 22, 2008
Proposal to Raise BSE Testing Age Welcomed
UK - The EU Commission decision to raise the BSE testing age for all cattle to 48 months from the current 30 months, has been welcomed by the Ulster Farmers’ Union. ...
Friday, September 19, 2008
Update on the EU BSE Situation in 2007
EU - BSE cases in cattle in most EU Member States (MS) almost halved again in 2007 and no new cases were registered in 14 of the 27 MS. Hence, the EC updated its work program for the TSE Roadmap in November of 2007. ...
Monday, September 15, 2008
Genetic Mutation at Root of Mad Cow Disease
MANHATTAN, US - New findings about the causes of mad cow disease show that sometimes it may be genetic....
Friday, September 12, 2008
Court Rules on Use of BSE Test Kit
US - The USDA and Creekstone Farms Premium Beef of Arkansas City, Kansas, have been engaged in ongoing litigation regarding Creekstone's desire to test its own cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy....
Monday, September 08, 2008
Mad-cow Class Action Gets Judge's Clearance
US - A $10-billion class action lawsuit targeting the federal government for economic losses caused by a devastating outbreak of mad-cow disease in 2003 has been given a green light to proceed....
Discovery Holds Promise of Live BSE Tests
CANADA - Scientists at the Public Health Agency of Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) have made a discovery that could lead to the ability to perform accurate diagnostic tests on live animals for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) as...
Friday, September 05, 2008
Economic Impact of BSE Responses and Regulations
US - A new report has been released which examines the economic impacts of feed-related regulatory responses to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)....
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