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Thursday, August 24, 2006
Mad cow disease confirmed in Alberta cow
ALBERTA - Government officials confirmed Canada's eighth case of mad-cow disease in a mature beef cow from Alberta on Wednesday. But no part of the animal's carcass has entered human or animal food chains, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said. Source:...
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Japan has a cow over American beef
JAPAN - It's been weeks since Japan ditched its import ban on U.S. beef and the first shipment went on sale, but American beef is nowhere to be seen at supermarkets here - except this nation's five Costco stores. Many Japanese are worried about the...
Mad cow research to continue
SWITZERLAND - One of the world's leading experts on mad cow disease tells swissinfo why the Swiss government will continue research into the disease despite its near disappearance. Adriano Aguzzi, director of the Institute of Neuropathology at Zurich...
Friday, August 18, 2006
Progress report on Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies published
UK - The third annual progress report on Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies in Great Britain is published today. The 2005 report notes the continued decline in the number of BSE cases and the achievement of three key targets. Source: Defra...
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Cattle numbers plunge since reopening of US border
CANADA - After swelling to a record high, Canada's cattle herd plunged by 810,000 head in the year since the American border reopened to some live bovines the first decline in herd size in seven years. Cattlemen reported 16.2 million head on their farms...
British beef available in Cyprus from 2007
CYPRUS - British beef is to be exported for the first time to Cyprus following a decision by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) to launch a major marketing campaign through supermarket retailer Carrefour on the island.     ...
Mad cow disease no longer a priority for Swiss
SWITZERLAND - The Federal Veterinary Office says it will reduce its BSE unit from 20 people to 12 by the end of 2006 and shift its focus to the entire food production chain. So far this year two cases of BSE have been reported; in 2005 the Swiss authorities...
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Japanese wary of US beef imports
JAPAN - Last month, Japan reopened its doors to US beef, giving hope to exporters that the lucrative market might rebound, but Japanese consumers are not as optimistic. Source: FoodNavigator-USA...
Japan approves 35th US beef packing plant
JAPAN - There’s an additional U.S. beef packing plant from which the Japanese will accept shipments. Japan’s ag ministry says Brawley Beef located in California but owned by National Beef in Kansas City, passed inspection last week. It’s...
Monday, August 14, 2006
S Korea to consider lifting beef ban after inspectors visit US
KOREA - South Korea will send a team of experts to scrutinize US meat processing facilities before deciding whether or not to lift a three-year ban on US beef imports, officials said. 'They will stay in the US from next week through early next month...
Warning system for animal diseases
GLOBAL - World health officials have launched an early warning system to detect and control animal diseases that can be transmitted to humans. Concern at the threat caused by zoonoses - diseases which pass from animals into humans - has soared in recent...
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Processor seeks OK for own cow testing
US - Creekstone Farms, which wants to test all its animals, is at odds with the USDA. After another futile visit to the nation's capital, John Stewart faced a tough decision. Give up, or let the courts decide. So Stewart, founder and CEO of Creekstone...
Friday, August 11, 2006
Canada completes investigation of sixth BSE case
CANADA - Canadian authorities have concluded their investigation of the sixth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), confirmed on Jul 3 in a cow from Manitoba. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), in an Aug 8 announcement on the investigation,...
Thursday, August 10, 2006
First U.S. beef since ban goes on sale at Costco
JAPAN - U.S. beef went on sale Wednesday for the first time since the lifting of a ban imposed in January over mad cow disease, officials from the stores selling the meat said. Inspectors Tuesday opened the way for sales of U.S. beef to resume in the...
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
USDA eases rules on bovine imports from Canada
CANADA - The U.S. Agriculture Department proposed on Wednesday to allow imports of Canadian poultry and pork processed at plants that also handle cattle, in a sign of declining fears of mad cow disease. USDA now requires that Canadian meat products...
Monday, August 07, 2006
Value of BSE testing depends on purpose
US - Science may not argue for greater screening for mad cow disease, but that's not the whole picture. There's a big difference between science and marketing. Science is, well, scientific. Marketing sometimes involves science, but also large measures...
Shipment of U.S. Beef Arrives in Japan
JAPAN - Japan imported its first shipment of American beef since January on Monday, resuming a once-booming business that has been crippled for nearly three years over fears of mad cow disease. The 5.1 tons of American chilled beef arrived on a cargo...
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Japan's all-out ban on U.S. beef imports could lead to trade war: Johanns
US - Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns warned Wednesday that Japan's possible all-out import ban on U.S. beef in case of another ineligible shipment from the United States would precipitate a bilateral trade war. Source: Mainichi...
Monday, July 31, 2006
New BSE test being studied
CANADA - An Edmonton-based company is hoping to have a new, inexpensive test for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, on the market within two years. Ron Arnold, of BSE Prion Solutions, said the urine test will be able to detect BSE, or so-called...
US delays lifting partial Canadian cattle ban
US - It looks like a string of recent cases of BSE in Canadian cattle may have some consequences after all. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this weekend it was postponing the re-opening of the border to older Canadian cattle pending an...
On The Farm: Mad cow disease can be prevented
US - As discussed in recent weeks, the United States is seriously threatened by potential occurrences of foreign animal diseases. Based on epidemiological studies, the state and federal animal health regulatory agencies have developed safeguards to...
Friday, July 28, 2006
Japan to totally ban US beef if risk parts found: health minister
JAPAN - Japan would impose an all-out import ban on U.S. beef again if cow parts associated with high risks of mad cow disease infection are found in U.S. beef shipments, Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Jiro Kawasaki said Thursday. Kawasaki showed...
Japan Lifts Ban on U.S. Beef Imports
JAPAN - Japan on Thursday announced the resumption of U.S. beef imports, ending a ban imposed over concerns about mad cow disease and removing a strain in relations with Washington. The U.S. ambassador immediately welcomed the move, which reopens Japan's...
Monday, July 24, 2006
Anti-BSE feed rules widened
US - Cattle tissues that could transmit mad-cow disease will no longer be allowed in pet foods, chicken feed and fertilizer under new federal rules announced Monday, June 26. Regulations on more types of animal feed are being tightened in an effort...
US will test only 10% for BSE from August
US - The United States will scale down its nationwide testing program for mad cow disease to about one-tenth from as early as late August, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced Thursday. Source: Japan Times...
Friday, July 21, 2006
US to significantly scale down BSE test program
US - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns on Thursday announced Washington's plan to scale down its surveillance program on mad cow disease, in late August at the earliest, to one tenth of the current size. Under the revised program, the U.S. Department...
USDA Announces New BSE Surveillance Program
US - Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will soon begin transitioning to an ongoing Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) surveillance program that corresponds to the extremely low prevalence...
Monday, July 17, 2006
Creekstone Asks For Summary Judgment In BSE Testing Case
US - Creekstone Farms, which is suing USDA to be allowed to test all of its cattle for presence of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, filed for summary judgment in Washington, D.C. Friday, and the company suggested that such universal testing might both...
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