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Court rules against allowing MAD COW testing

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posted on Sep, 1 2008 @ 12:13 PM
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The following news stories have several ramifications.

1.The USDA has cut back significantly on food testing and private individuals can no longer test for disease in the USA This is in response to WTO and OIE guidelines on food and agricultural products. In a nutshell the new USDA creed is “If you do not test for a disease you will not find it.”

2.The USDA (and WTO) wish to use management practices and traceability instead of Food Safety testing for disease. The new regulations promote “Do not interfere with international trade, just be able to trace the problem after people get sick and die"

3.By banning private testing by individuals, the USDA can declare property (livestock) diseased and confiscate it without the owner being allowed to defend himself through independent tests. In July 2000, USDA officials claimed in our court hearing that, “The farmers have no rights. No right to be heard before the court, no right to independent testing, and no right to question the USDA....” Linda Fallice (Google: Mad sheep, Henshaw pig slaughter)




The Associated Press
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 08.30.2008 (sorry no link, it is paid subscription)

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration can prohibit meatpackers from testing their animals for mad cow disease, a federal appeals court said Friday. The dispute pits the Agriculture Department, which tests about 1 percent of cows for the potentially deadly disease, against a Kansas meatpacker that wants to test all its animals.

Larger meatpackers opposed such testing. If Creekstone Farms Premium Beef began advertising that its cows have all been tested, other companies feared they too would have to conduct the expensive tests. The Bush administration said the low level of testing reflects the rareness of the disease.

Mad cow disease has been linked to more than 150 human deaths worldwide, mostly in Great Britain. Only three cases have been reported in the U.S., all involving cows, not humans. A federal judge ruled last year that Creekstone must be allowed to conduct the test because the Agriculture Department can regulate only disease "treatment."

Since there is no cure for mad cow disease and the test is performed on dead animals, the judge ruled, the test is not a treatment. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned that ruling, saying diagnosis can be considered part of treatment. "And we owe USDA a considerable degree of deference in its interpretation of the term," Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson wrote. The case was sent back to the district court, where Creekstone can make other arguments.

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BACKGROUND[/SIZE]


Creekstone Farms defends right to test for BSE
By Tom Johnston on 5/12/2008 for www.Meatingplace.com...

Lawyers representing Creekstone Farms Premium Beef told a federal appeals court on Friday that USDA has no authority to keep the company from testing slaughtered cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

The Arkansas City, Kan.-based processor appeared before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington D.C. circuit as the government continues to try to reverse a lower court ruling that allowed the company to more thoroughly test for BSE among its slaughtered cattle to reassure overseas customers in Asia. (See USDA reviewing federal court's ruling on BSE testing on Meatingplace.com, March 30, 2007.)


At present, less than 1 percent of slaughtered cattle are tested for BSE under USDA rules. The agency contends that more comprehensive testing doesn't guarantee food safety and may produce a false positive that alarms consumers.

"They want to create false assurances," Justice Department attorney Eric Flesig-Greene told the judges, according to the Associated Press.

But Creekstone's legal counsel argued that USDA's own regulations regarding treatment of domestic animals do not prohibit individual companies from testing for BSE, noting the test is conducted only after an animal is slaughtered. He reiterated the agency has no authority to prevent companies from conducting such testing. "This is the government telling consumers, 'You're not entitled to this information,'" attorney Russell Frye said.

Chief Judge David B. Sentelle indicated agreement with Creekstone. "All [Creekstone wants] to do is create information," he said, adding that consumers can then decide how to interpret it.

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Around 7 000 BSE cases were detected through the screening of about 50 million cattle with rapid tests in Europe....Please remember, the last two mad cows documented in the USA I.e. Alabama and Texas, both were of the 'atypical' BSE strain, and immediately after that, the USDA shut down the testing from 470,000 to 40,000 in the U.S. In 2007 out of about 35 million cattle slaughtered.
Source: bse-atypical.blogspot.com...


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Summary of Tuberculosis Surveillance in California Cattle
# of Cattle Tested........1995.....1996 .....1997.......1998......1999.. ...2000.......2001
By Health Officials..10,576....5,100.....2,861.. .. 3,530.....1,425. ...1,967.......2,500
By Private Vets........15,921...17,100...19,930.. .18,189...22,863. .19,930.....19,587
at Slaughter...................39..........58.........64...........39..........58..........64......... 385


Source?? www.lookercomm.com...






SLEEPWALK TO STARVATION
With hindsight, it was the late 1990's and the first decade of the 21st Century when farming went into irreversible decline as it lurched and staggered like a perpetual drunkard from crisis to disaster....warmwell.com...


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posted on Sep, 1 2008 @ 12:15 PM
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I see you did a lot of work on this.

But just fyi: www.abovetopsecret.com...&colorshift=yes&colorshift=yes

[edit on 9/1/2008 by schrodingers dog]



posted on Sep, 1 2008 @ 01:20 PM
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All of this at the time a major Maple Leaf meat plant in Canada has infected North AMerica with Listereiswww.edmontonsun.com...

Listeriosis deaths climb to eleven.....

Canada halts Maple Leaf food exports....www.canada.com...


The listeriosis outbreak that has been linked to at least 11 deaths in Canada has put a halt to Maple Leaf Foods meat exports to China, the government-run Xinhua news agency reported Sunday.


We lower standards and we will have more of the above type of problems.



posted on Sep, 1 2008 @ 02:16 PM
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Summary of Tuberculosis Surveillance in California Cattle
# of Cattle Tested........1995.....1996 .....1997.......1998......1999.. ...2000.......2001
By Health Officials....10,576....5,100.....2,861.. .. 3,530.....1,425. ...1,967.......2,500
By Private Vets........15,921...17,100...19,930.. .18,189...22,863. .19,930.....19,587
at Slaughter...................39..........58.........64...........39..........58..........64......... 385

Source?? www.lookercomm.com...

SLEEPWALK TO STARVATION
With hindsight, it was the late 1990's and the first decade of the 21st Century when farming went into irreversible decline as it lurched and staggered like a perpetual drunkard from crisis to disaster....warmwell.com...

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Nicely done...,

By the way you may note that the fat-cats mismanaging US Agriculture in the time frame referenced were the same folks who were reassigned in the new millennium to manage .... can you believe it?.... the federal oversight of market 'speculation' in the US!

The joke's on us again! *sigh*



posted on Sep, 5 2008 @ 06:57 PM
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The USDA and the FDA are charging ahead with regs designed to protect the megacorporations and put farmers out of business. The US has about 500,000 full time farms and another 2-3 millions family/hobby farms, many supply Locovores. What farmer in there right mind will keep growing food with this type of regs in the wings


Paraphrased from Comment 9 Paul-Martin:Griepentrog — September 3, 2008
nonais.org...

The bottom line is that after 10 years of below normal prices here in Wis because the state allowed Equity Livestock Coop to create a monopoly, our savior has now arrived to burden us with contracts shifting all liability to feeder cattle producers if they can’t prove they are innocent. Samples will be the only way of proving your innocence in case of contamination found later. You will be required to cover ALL expenses in the event of contamination.

quality assurance training required for Badger Vac 45.
Sponsored by Wisconsin Beef Council, Wisconsin Cattleman’s Assn. and the UW Extension.

A Wisconsin Beef Quality Assurance ID number would be issued and required to be used on all records

Purchased feed requires:
1.signatures of the receiver and delivery person
2.samples of each batch must be kept for two years (refrigeration would be necessary)

On site prepared feed requires:
1.Feed Ingredient Record

Other Records:
1.Individual Animal Treatment Record
2. Group Cattle Processing Record
3.Cow/Calf Herd Health Procedures Record
4.Mass Medication in Feed/ Water for Group/ Pen record
5.Premise Pesticide Use Record
6. Confirmation of Veterinarian/client/patient Relationship- affidavit confirming this relationship and definition of this relationship.
7.WI BGA Shipping/Transfer Release Record-here you sign guaranteeing compliance and list Individual animal ID numbers 840 tags
8.Records are to be transferred with cattle


No mention was made of how transfers would be handled to assure compliance with the 1974 Privacy Act. Sale committee has the authority under the contract to inspect records and cattle at any time without warrant. The committee will fine you $100 per head for bred heifers or stags.


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