Could Korean Leader Learn from Controversies over U.S. Beef Imports?

Posted by: Ihlwan Moon on May 15, 2008

At first blush, a delay in South Korea’s resumption of U.S. beef imports in the face of vociferous public protests may appear yet another instance of emotional nationalism in the way of a deal, which makes business sense. But although it certainly displays Korean interest groups’ tendency to take to the streets to push for their demands, President Lee Myung Bak’s administration is not free from blame for the mess it created.

Controversies and protests have raged in Korea since last month when Seoul struck a deal with Washington to lift restrictions on U.S. beef imports, shortly before Lee was scheduled to have his first summit with President George W. Bush. Surely, Lee was under pressure to conclude a beef deal as U.S. lawmakers had made it clear that Congress would not approve a sweeping free trade deal with Korea unless Seoul fully opened its market to U.S. beef. It’s also understandable that the pro-U.S. Korean leader wanted to have some tangible results from his talks with Bush. (Click here for some facts about the Korean beef market prepared by Reuters)

The problem was the lack of efforts on Lee’s part to communicate with his own people. His negotiating team left an impression among many Koreans that the issue of the safety of the product was not properly addressed although U.S. had a record of an outbreak of mad cow disease in 2003. One Korean official says the probability of a human being catching a mad cow disease by eating U.S. beef is like the one of a golf player scoring a hole-in-one and then being killed by lightning.

Maybe. But Lee’s government didn’t try to convince Koreans about the safety of U.S. beef. The mad cow disease is particularly sensitive in Korea as dishes using cow bones and intestines—potentially more hazardous parts — are regarded as delicacies. Now Lee, nicknamed the “bulldozer”, may be wise to reconsider his style of railroading through his agenda. Lee’s popularity rate has fallen to mid-20s in May from almost 60% early March. His hurried approach to better ties with the U.S. is backfiring, particularly among Korean teenagers, who are actively taking part in street protests these days.

Reader Comments

Clinton

May 15, 2008 1:26 PM

"The ministry says South Korea has some of the highest prices in the developed world for beef. A market survey shows that the price of 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of Korean beef steak sells in local supermarkets for about 6,350 won ($6.07). That is almost 60 percent higher than imported Australian beef." according to the link above.

Terry S. Singeltary Sr.

May 15, 2008 6:39 PM

>>>One Korean official says the probability of a human being catching a mad cow disease by eating U.S. beef is like the one of a golf player scoring a hole-in-one and then being killed by lightning.

this is typical BSe. you here industry groups comment 'your more likely to get hit by a car than die from CJD'. well, maybe so, but my mother and many more did not die from getting hit by a car, they died from CJD, my mothers being the hvCJD (confirmed), and my neighbors mother died from CJD (confirmed). the UKBSEnvCJD _only_ theory is incorrect. there are more strains of mad cow than the UK BSE in beef to nvCJD in humans in the UK. The deception by the USDA, FDA, and the Bush administration about mad cow disease, CJD, and all Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy over the past 8 years have been outrageous, to a point of being criminal. I am vested in nothing, but the truth.

"South Korea may demand revision of US beef import pact"

"The agreement, struck last month, has been widely criticized as making too"

"many concessions to the United States"

THE PEOPLE of Korea _should_ be mad about the importing of USA beef into their Country. can you believe these regulations? even IF a BSE case(s) are documented in the USA, the people of Korea still cannot suspend the importing of U.S. beef, NO matter how many more mad cows the USA finds, until a thorough epidemiological investigation is finished. please remember, it took over a year and literally an act of congress to confirm the atypical mad cow in Texas before they finally finish that epidemiological investigation, and even after all that, the Koreans still cannot ban USA beef, until the OIE recognizes an adverse change in the classification of the U.S. BSE status. Considering the USDA and the OIE collaborated to seal the deal of the BSE MRR policy (the legal trading of all strains of TSE globally, just for commodities and futures sake, human health was not even considered), I doubt the OIE would ever change the BSE status for the USA, no matter how many more mad cows are found. It's all about money folks.

WE are talking years now, before the Koreans could ever suspend USA beef due to a BSE case(s) ever being documented in the USA, due to these stupid regulations. This is nothing more than FORCE FEEDING KOREA USDA MAD COW BEEF, i.e. all for a dollar, to hell with human health on a disease with an incubation period of years if not a decade or more.

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. also, science is showing that some of these atypical cases are more virulent to humans than the typical UK BSE strain ;

***Atypical forms of BSE have emerged which, although rare, appear to be more virulent than the classical BSE that causes vCJD.***

Progress Report from the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center

An Update from Stephen M. Sergay, MB, BCh & Pierluigi Gambetti, MD

April 3, 2008

http://www.aan.com/news/?event=read&article_id=4397&page=72.45.45

IF BSE is not in the USA (just not documented for many different reasons), and only atypical BSE is in the USA (plus CWD, plus, many strains of Scrapie, and Now the Nor-98 documented in 5 different states, plus TME, then why would human mad cow in the USA look like the UK nvCJD from UK BSE cows ? it was shown long ago in studies at Mission Texas that experimental transmission of USA Scrapie to USA Bovine, DID NOT LOOK LIKE UK BSE. so again, in short, why would human mad cow in the USA look like human mad cow in the UK i.e. the (nvCJD). however, I believe that BSE has been in the USA untested and undocumented for years. why on earth then does the USDA refuse to allow creekstone or anyone else test their product? simple, if you don't look/test, you don't find.

ONE only has to read how the USDA et al have legally blocked, blundered, botched, mismanaged, bungled, floundered, and flat out manipulated, the testing in the infamous June 2004 enhanced cover-up program for mad cow surveillance and testing. I mean, I am not really to hip on THE INDUSTRY, testing for mad cow disease, and what that program might consist of, but anything is better than nothing at all. ...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Concerned Americans against Mad Cow Disease STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY with Koreans May 13, 2008

http://usdavskorea.blogspot.com/2008/05/concerned-americans-against-mad-cow.html

http://flounder068.vox.com/library/post/concerned-americans-against-mad-cow-disease-statement-of-solidarity-with-koreans-may-13-2008.html

http://www.koreantopnews.com/story.php?title=USDA_VS_KOREA_typical_or_atypical_BSe_Concerned_Americans_against_Mad_Cow_Disease_STATEMENT_OF_SOLIDARITY_with_Koreans_May_13_2008

BSE YOUNGEST AGE STATISTICS UNDER 30 MONTHS

http://bseyoungestage.blogspot.com/

http://flounder068.vox.com/library/post/bse-youngest-age-statistics-under-30-months.html

with kindest regards, I am sincerely,

Terry S. Singeltary Sr. P.O. Box 42 Bacliff, Texas USA 77518

Raju

May 16, 2008 1:21 AM

Typical Uncle Sam's behavior. Forcing other nations to do his way. Too bad Korean president has no guts to stand up. I thought he was a hardliner conservative? Maybe chicken is the right staples for Koreans.

John

May 16, 2008 1:07 PM

Why are we not boycottingg Hyundai, Kia, and Samsung? Anyone thats spent any amount of time in Korea quickly learns that they do not appreciate any "outside" people (as they call westerners in their language) - yet they benefit from millions of exports to our markets? Let them stand totallt alone. It's what they want anyways! This has never been a two way street and our jobs disapear and they dont even like us! why buy anything from them????

pete

May 17, 2008 9:09 PM

The real problem in exporting US beef is that the most of beef which will be shipped into Korea are over 30 months 99% contagious of mad cow disease, in other words GARBAGES.What makes Korean anger is that imported beef is different from that of American eating. Japan has imported only under 20 months beef from US. Are you let over 30 months beef to be eaten by your kids?

ALS

May 26, 2008 9:00 PM

These comments are interesting to me. I stumbled on this website purely by accident. But I'm glad I did. Cattle from the US are perfectly safe. Just to clear some misinformation, cattle over 30 months of age ARE NOT 99% contagious of mad cow disease. Seriously??!!?? Is there that much ignorance in the world. I'm a cattle producer and a small livestock processor/retailer in the US and these comments are humorous and full of mis represented information from il-informed contributors.

Paul

May 28, 2008 5:48 AM

let me put it simply so that any americans reading this can understand why koreans are angry.

first its wrong to say that koreans don't want american beef because they are "anti-american". up until the first case of MCD in the US, koreans were the 3rd largest importer of US beef. furthermore, the large anti-US protests happened because US soldiers killed two korean girls. even so, koreans were importing tons of US beef. so please, stop with this nonsense about koreans being anti-american. even if they are, its not the core reason for rejecting US beef.

you have to realize that the US screwed everything up by putting in bone chips in beef shipments. there was an agreement not to include bone, but the US did anyway. who's stupidity was that? a fly can land in your soup and you know you won't die from eating it. but are you really going to? no, you'd send it back. don't call koreans irrational for doing the same.

US beef demand is absolutely huge. koreans LOVE US BEEF. what they want is safe US beef. and since all known cases of contaminated beef are from cattle over 30 months old, koreans want cattle that is younger than that. the US does not import beef that is older than 30 months from canada. why? because it'd be a stupid thing to do. so don't be angry at koreans for not being total morons.

Casey

May 28, 2008 6:24 PM

The public outcry is not unreasonable if you consider the terms of the deal. Included in the deal are 30+ month old cows, including SRM parts found in bones. To my knowledge only 20-month beef are consumed in the US, as in Europe. This 20-month restriction is held for US beef exports to Japan and other importers of US Beef. Given no other country is accepting 30-month-plus beef, it can't be too hard to imagine where it will go--the only country accepting it, i.e. Korea.

In addition, Korean consumption of beef includes heavy usage of bone parts for broth-based dishes--a fact which feeds to the perceived dangers of the deal. The public, mind you, is not able to choose not to consume US beef, since it is obviously going to be distributed to restaurants and other cost-conscious channels.

It would be utterly immoral, if not criminal, of US government to insist that beef from 30+ months old cows be imported--it simply borders on bullying. "You sell us cars, so you MUST BUY OUR HIGH-RISK BEEF" simply doesn't fly.

The US, as well as the Korean gov't, should address these concerns and provide any convincing evidence to refute the public concern...if it can. Until then, it's hard to fault the Korean outry.

tongtongee

June 4, 2008 1:54 PM

The problem is really with the Korean president who did not listen to his people. He wanted the FTA deal done and knew that the Americans wanted their beef back in the Korean market. He signed the first deal and now that the public is protesting he wants to sit down and make a new deal. That is not really the way it works. I saw an analogy about buying a car. If you buy a car that your wife doesn't like, can you take it back to the dealer and ask for a cheaper price? I think eventually the USA will only export cows younger th an 30 months. And the FTA is dead anyway; it looks like Obama will be the next president.

HH

June 13, 2008 1:54 PM

bullying? why shouldn't the US congress be concerned over koreans getting a free ride via the FTA and shutting out one of the few concessions they negotiated in good faith. i was in korea in late jan/early feb and the FTA was huge news at the time because of the great benefits korean industry would get from this. this is key, as concerns over successful industry trump minor stuff like bribery and price-fixing. win-win is not part of the game in the minds of many.

Terry S. Singeltary Sr.

June 28, 2008 3:15 PM

SEEING ALL THIS ABOUT HOW THE TV DIRECTOR MAKING FALSE CLAIMS ???

what false claims ???

TV Program Directors Face Criminal Probe ?????? - South Korea ... who died on April 9 from neurodegenerative disease symptoms, possibly had variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), the possible human form BSE, ... See all stories on this topic More Allegations Against ¡®PD Diary¡¯ Surface ????(???) - South Korea ... whom PD Diary portrayed as having probably died of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), the human form of mad cow disease, there is a moment when ... See all stories on this topic

ISN'T THIS WHAT THE U.S.A. DOCTOR AND MEDIA PUBLISHED FIRST ???

Portsmouth woman may have human form of Mad Cow Disease

06:38 PM EDT on Monday, April 7, 2008

Reported by: Wayne Carter PORTSMOUTH, Va. --

A 22-year-old Portsmouth woman is close to dying, and family says doctors believe the human equivalent of Mad Cow Disease could be the reason.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease , or CJD, is so rare that there has only been one other possible case ever in the United States.

The Portsmouth Health Department is looking into the case because the variant form of the disease comes from eating infected meat, and Aretha Vincent's family says she's never left the United States.

Robin Vincent told us her daughter, Aretha, became very ill with dizziness and vomiting that led to blurry vision. Then, she could barely stand.

"Oh, God, it was like she put all she could put into trying to walk," said Aretha's mother.

Mrs. Vincent took pictures of her daughter being led to the hospital, where she says doctors diagnosed her with variant CJD.

The disease, known for its horrid affect on animals, can be passed onto humans, but it is rare.

"Aretha has always lived in Virginia," said Mrs. Vincent. "She has not traveled overseas. She's not even been to the Midwest."

Video: Local may have human form of Mad Cow

Vincent came home from the hospital last weekend for her last days, but went back hours later and remains in the ICU.

Aretha's sister, Joy, says her best friend was healthy one minute and couldn 't speak the next.

"They just told us there's no cure, no treatment," she said. "We're just waiting for a miracle to happen."

Now, they just pray and read cards, many from the long-term sub's students at Douglas Park Elementary.

The Health Department says they can not confirm this is, in fact, CJD. 13News has learned the only way to definitively confirm it is to conduct a biopsy after death.

http://www.wvec.com/news/portsmouth/stories/wvec_local_040708_mad_cow_disease.3fd7e5c7.html

PLUS, A LITTLE SOUND SCIENCE NEVER HURT ANYTHING, AS FOLLOWS ;

sad. they are wanting to throw the wrong people in jail. they should jail all the USA and Korean politicians that are lying about mad cow disease and the UKBSEnvCJD only theory. this is wrong, and both governments know this. the last two mad cow cases in the USA in Texas and Alabama were NOT UK BSE, but they were both atypical BSE, which is more virulent to humans than UK BSE. CJD is rising in the USA, with 'UNKNOWN PHENOTYPES' IN YOUNG AND OLD!

http://docket-aphis-2006-0041.blogspot.com/2008/06/bse-case-confirmed-in-british-columbia.html

http://organicconsumers.org/forum/index.php?showtopic=1625

http://usdavskorea.blogspot.com/2008/06/chewing-over-eat-that.html

http://organicconsumers.org/forum/index.php?showtopic=1653

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Viewpoints, Outlook

June 26, 2008, 7:46PM LETTERS Chewing over 'Eat that?'

Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle

Editorial was wrong

The June 19 editorial "Eat that?" was nothing but a mouthpiece for anti-meat and vegetarian groups, such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Beef producers don't condone inhumane treatments like those shown in the videos that HSUS released in February. For the Chronicle to imply that we employ such practices is just plain wrong.

As beef producers and members of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, we strive to pro-vide consumers with a safe product that we raise responsi-bly. To assume anything less is an insult to more than 15,000 ranchers and the hard-working families and employees who support them.

DAVE SCOTT first vice president, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Richmond

Inspection failures

I had to reply to the letter "U.S. deserves 'safest' label," by reader Andrew Liu in his response Monday to the editorial "Eat that? / Agriculture secretary's reassurance rings hollow in light of current industrial beef processing." That editorial was a long time coming and a breath of fresh air, compared to the "junk science" the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been feeding us for years.

The FDA and USDA have failed us at every turn, from the failed, partial and voluntary mad cow feed ban of Aug. 4, 1997, to the infamous failed June 2004 enhanced BSE surveillance program, where the testing and surveillance protocols were blundered from the beginning to the end, and still are to this day.

Liu spoke of only three mad cows documented in the United States, two of which were of the "atypical BSE" in Alabama and Texas. Atypical BSE is a more virulent strain than the typical United Kingdom BSE. Simply put, if you don't look, you will not find. The USDA knows this, and this is why testing was shut down to almost nothing after the last two atypical BSE cases were found. It simply did not want to document any more cases.

In one sentence Liu stated, "while it might be true that U.S. cows are poorly inspected." He also said "the fact is in terms of actual cases of mad cow disease, the United States has only had three infected cows." Well, one might figure that the only three documented cases to date of mad cow in the United States might be due to the fact that "U.S. cows are poorly inspected." Ya think?

TERRY S. SINGELTARY SR. Bacliff

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/5859009.html

http://www.chron.com/disp/commnts.mpl/editorial/outlook/5859009.html?o=TimeStampDescending

see full text blog here;

Friday, June 27, 2008 Chewing over 'Eat that?' Viewpoints, Outlook

http://usdavskorea.blogspot.com/2008/06/chewing-over-eat-that.html

http://organicconsumers.org/forum/index.php?showtopic=1653

LETTERS ABOVE WERE IN REPLY TO THIS ARTICLE BELOW ;

Eat that? Agriculture secretary's reassurance rings hollow in light of current industrial beef processing, Stop the Madness

Editorial

June 19, 2008, 8:42PM

Eat that? Agriculture secretary's reassurance rings hollow in light of current industrial beef processing

Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer recently assured Americans that USDA inspectors check "every single" processed American beef carcass. Charitably put, his statement is highly misleading. USDA inspections are perfunctory and fall far short of checks performed by other countries' meat watchdogs.

The issue arose after South Korea agreed this April to lift most of the restrictions it had placed on U.S. beef imports. That prompted intense protests by South Koreans who say they fear mad cow disease in U.S. beef. They want their government to negotiate a tougher deal or to scrap it.

In Texas last week touring meat processing plants, Secretary Schafer defended domestic meats as safe.

"Every single carcass that's processed is inspected by a USDA inspector," Schafer told reporters in San Antonio. "That beef is stamped A-OK, and we want to assure our consumers here in the United States, as well as our consumers ... in foreign countries, that we provide a good, clean, safe, abundant food supply here."

But what exactly is entailed in that inspection? According to the USDA, a government inspector is on site whenever cows are slaughtered and processed. The inspectors are supposed to look at every carcass and determine whether the meat is fit for human consumption. Basically, they have a look and maybe a sniff and a feel. That's it.

But even that cursory process might be more than consumers are actually getting. The Web abounds with reports, including firsthand accounts and interviews with reputable news organizations, in which USDA inspectors complain that they can't possibly carry out their job in a meaningful way. There are too few of them to deal with the number of cattle slaughtered each hour in modern meat-processing facilities.

The speed with which cattle are killed, skinned and cut up in these plants makes the job dangerous for the meat processors, to say nothing of inspectors who attempt to get close enough to a side of beef for a poke and a sniff. The high speed of operations sometimes does not allow cows to be properly stunned and bled to death by the time the skinning and cutting begins. That's not only cruel and inhumane, but also detrimental to food safety. Struggling animals mean meat falling on filthy floors, improper evisceration that spills feces onto meat and greater opportunities for cross-carcass contamination.

The shortage of inspectors also means that a USDA employee cannot always be available to inspect animals before they are killed to ensure that so-called downer cows are not processed. Cattle that cannot walk into the slaughterhouse because they are diseased or injured are more likely to be animals that carry bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly known as mad cow disease.

In February, the Humane Society of the United States released videotapes showing meat workers shocking nonambulatory cows, bumping them with forklifts and otherwise abusing them to force them onto their legs long enough to be certified for slaughter.

That's why many American consumers are voting with their pocketbooks for better meats. They are turning to local farmer's markets for cruelty-free meats from pasture-raised animals, forgoing meat from industrially raised cows, chickens and pigs that spend their lives packed into filthy cages, fed unhealthy diets and pumped full of antibiotics and hormones.

Increasingly available at local farmer's markets is beef from cows that are butchered humanely and in small numbers. As one farmer at Houston's Bayou City Farmer's Market put it one recent Saturday morning, "These are cows who have just one bad day."

Given the alternative practiced in processing plants, it's no wonder many foreign buyers of U.S. meat products are skeptical. Industrial beef producers employ practices that can be, in a word, repulsive. Until 1997, the United States permitted feeding cattle on beef waste products. It tested very few animals for mad cow disease, even though Europe was testing 10 million of its cattle each year, and the Japanese were testing each one. USDA allowed downer cattle into the food supply, a practice now banned. A 2004 ban on feeding cow's blood mixed with formula to calves and chicken droppings to cows was never put into practice.

According to The New York Times, the Agriculture Department has been fighting a lawsuit from a Kansas beef producer over the department's refusal to allow it to test for mad cow disease so that the producer can resume beef shipments to Japan.

None of this is reassuring. Instead of spouting empty rhetoric that U.S. beef is "the safest in the world," the USDA owes it to consumers to guarantee that meat meant for their dinner plates is processed without unnecessary cruelty and with standards that will produce a clean product that's safe to eat.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/5847220.html

SINCE THEN, out just yesterday ;

----- Original Message ----- From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr." To: Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2008 11:47 AM Subject: [BSE-L] Texas Firm Recalls Cattle Heads That Contain Prohibited Materials

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Texas Firm Recalls Cattle Heads That Contain Prohibited Materials

Recall Release CLASS II RECALL FSIS-RC-020-2008 HEALTH RISK: LOW

Congressional and Public Affairs (202) 720-9113 Peggy Riek

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2008 - Beltex Corporation, doing business as Frontier Meats, a Fort Worth, Texas, establishment, is recalling approximately 2,850 pounds of fresh cattle heads which may contain specified risk materials (SRMs), the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

SRMs are tissues that are known to contain the infective agent in cattle infected with BSE, as well as materials that are closely associated with these potentially infective tissues. Therefore, FSIS prohibits SRMs from use as human food to minimize potential human exposure to the BSE agent.

The products subject to recall include: Cases of "BEEF WHOLE HEAD." Each shipping package bears the establishment number "EST. 7041B" inside the USDA mark of inspection, as well as a package code of "51904" or "63922."

The company is recalling all products packed between May 31, 2007, and June 24, 2008. These products were distributed to retail establishments and lunch carts in the Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas, area.

The problem was discovered by the State of Texas officials during a routine inspection at a retail establishment.

Media and consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company Sales Department at (817) 624-1136.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

#

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_020_2008_Release/index.asp

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Texas Firm Recalls Cattle Heads That Contain Prohibited Materials

http://madcowfeed.blogspot.com/2008/06/texas-firm-recalls-cattle-heads-that.html

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

FDA BSE/Ruminant Feed Inspections Firms Inventory Report Texas Legend Ranch OAI 05/10/2008

http://madcowfeed.blogspot.com/2008/05/fda-bseruminant-feed-inspections-firms.html

In 2007, in one weekly enforcement report, the fda recalled 10,000,000+ pounds of BANNED MAD COW FEED, 'in commerce', and i can tell you that most of it was fed out ;

10,000,000+ LBS. of PROHIBITED BANNED MAD COW FEED I.E. MBM IN COMMERCE USA 2007

Date: March 21, 2007 at 2:27 pm PST REASON Blood meal used to make cattle feed was recalled because it was cross-contaminated with prohibited bovine meat and bone meal that had been manufactured on common equipment and labeling did not bear cautionary BSE statement. VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE 42,090 lbs. DISTRIBUTION WI

REASON Products manufactured from bulk feed containing blood meal that was cross contaminated with prohibited meat and bone meal and the labeling did not bear cautionary BSE statement. VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE 9,997,976 lbs. DISTRIBUTION ID and NV

END OF ENFORCEMENT REPORT FOR MARCH 21, 2007

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/enforce/2007/ENF00996.html

Subject: MAD COW FEED RECALL USA SEPT 6, 2006 1961.72 TONS IN COMMERCE AL, TN, AND WV Date: September 6, 2006 at 7:58 am PST

snip... see listings and references of enormous amounts of banned mad cow protein 'in commerce' in 2006 and 2005 ;

see full text ;

Friday, April 25, 2008

Substances Prohibited From Use in Animal Food or Feed [Docket No. 2002N-0273] (Formerly Docket No. 02N-0273) RIN 0910-AF46

http://madcowfeed.blogspot.com/2008/04/substances-prohibited-from-use-in.html

SPECIFIED RISK MATERIALS

http://madcowspontaneousnot.blogspot.com/2008/02/specified-risk-materials-srm.html

SRM MAD COW RECALL 406 THOUSAND POUNDS CATTLE HEADS WITH TONSILS KANSAS

http://cjdmadcowbaseoct2007.blogspot.com/2008/04/srm-mad-cow-recall-406-thousand-pounds.html

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Texas Firm Recalls Cattle Heads That Contain Prohibited Materials

http://madcowfeed.blogspot.com/2008/06/texas-firm-recalls-cattle-heads-that.html

TSS

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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. also, science is showing that some of these atypical cases are more virulent to humans than the typical UK BSE strain ;

***Atypical forms of BSE have emerged which, although rare, appear to be more virulent than the classical BSE that causes vCJD.***

Progress Report from the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center

An Update from Stephen M. Sergay, MB, BCh & Pierluigi Gambetti, MD

April 3, 2008

http://www.aan.com/news/?event=read&article_id=4397&page=72.45.45

In this context, a word is in order about the US testing program. After the discovery of the first (imported) cow in 2003, the magnitude of testing was much increased, reaching a level of >400,000 tests in 2005 (Figure 4). Neither of the 2 more recently indigenously infected older animals with nonspecific clinical features would have been detected without such testing, and neither would have been identified as atypical without confirmatory Western blots. Despite these facts, surveillance has now been decimated to 40,000 annual tests (USDA news release no. 0255.06, July 20, 2006) and invites the accusation that the United States will never know the true status of its involvement with BSE.

In short, a great deal of further work will need to be done before the phenotypic features and prevalence of atypical BSE are understood. More than a single strain may have been present from the beginning of the epidemic, but this possibility has been overlooked by virtue of the absence of widespread Western blot confirmatory testing of positive screening test results; or these new phenotypes may be found, at least in part, to result from infections at an older age by a typical BSE agent, rather than neonatal infections with new "strains" of BSE. Neither alternative has yet been investigated.

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol12no12/06-0965.htm

IF BSE is not in the USA (just not documented for many different reasons), and only atypical BSE is in the USA (plus CWD, plus, many strains of Scrapie, and Now the Nor-98 documented in 5 different states, plus TME, then why would human mad cow in the USA look like the UK nvCJD from UK BSE cows ? it was shown long ago in studies at Mission Texas that experimental transmission of USA Scrapie to USA Bovine, DID NOT LOOK LIKE UK BSE. so again, in short, why would human mad cow in the USA look like human mad cow in the UK i.e. the (nvCJD). however, I believe that BSE has been in the USA untested and undocumented for years. why on earth then does the USDA refuse to allow creekstone or anyone else test their product? simple, if you don't look/test, you don't find.

snip...

please see full text ;

http://cjdmadcowbaseoct2007.blogspot.com/2008/06/portsmouth-woman-did-not-die-of-mad-cow.html

A novel human disease with abnormal prion protein sensitive to protease (prionopathy)

http://cjdmadcowbaseoct2007.blogspot.com/2008/06/novel-human-disease-with-abnormal-prion.html

HUMAN and ANIMAL TSE Classifications i.e. mad cow disease and the UKBSEnvCJD only theory JUNE 2008

http://cjdmadcowbaseoct2007.blogspot.com/2008/06/human-and-animal-tse-classifications-ie.html

U.S. slams door on revising S. Korea beef import pact

June 11, 2008, 10:14PM

http://usdavskorea.blogspot.com/2008/06/us-slams-door-on-revising-s-korea-beef.html

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

OIE Recognition of the BSE Status of Members RESOLUTION No. XXI (Adopted by the International Committee of the OIE on 27 May 2008)

http://usdavskorea.blogspot.com/2008/06/oie-recognition-of-bse-status-of.html

http://organicconsumers.org/forum/index.php?showtopic=1566

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Export Requirements for the Republic of Korea IMPORT HEALTH REQUIREMENTS FOR U.S. BEEF AND BEEF PRODUCTS

http://usdavskorea.blogspot.com/2008/06/export-requirements-for-republic-of.html

Why Americans, As Well as Koreans, Should Be Worried About Mad Cow Tainted USA Beef

By Terry S. Singeltary Sr. May 15, 2008

Straight to the Source

Web Note: This is an important commentary by Terry S. Singeltary Sr., on a recent Business Week story on the controversy in South Korea over their government's lifting on the ban on conventional (non-organic) beef, despite the fact that the USDA is still allowing slaughterhouse waste and blood and manure to be fed to cows, and refusing to test all cows at slaughter. See the Mad Cow section of the OCA website for in-depth information. Terry is a regular blogger on the OCA website on Mad Cow issues.

Ronnie Cummins

One Korean official says the probability of a human being catching a mad cow disease by eating U.S. beef is like the one of a golf player scoring a hole-in-one and then being killed by lightning.

this is typical BSe. you here industry groups comment 'your more likely to get hit by a car than die from CJD'. well, maybe so, but my mother and many more did not die from getting hit by a car, they died from CJD, my mothers being the hvCJD (confirmed), and my neighbors mother died from CJD (confirmed). the UKBSEnvCJD _only_ theory is incorrect. there are more strains of mad cow than the UK BSE in beef to nvCJD in humans in the UK. The deception by the USDA, FDA, and the Bush administration about mad cow disease, CJD, and all Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy over the past 8 years have been outrageous, to a point of being criminal. I am vested in nothing, but the truth.

snip...see full text ;

http://www.grassrootsnetroots.org/articles/article_12387.cfm

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Concerned Americans against Mad Cow Disease STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY with Koreans May 13, 2008

http://usdavskorea.blogspot.com/2008/05/concerned-americans-against-mad-cow.html

http://flounder068.vox.com/library/post/concerned-americans-against-mad-cow-disease-statement-of-solidarity-with-koreans-may-13-2008.html

http://www.koreantopnews.com/story.php?title=USDA_VS_KOREA_typical_or_atypical_BSe_Concerned_Americans_against_Mad_Cow_Disease_STATEMENT_OF_SOLIDARITY_with_Koreans_May_13_2008

BSE YOUNGEST AGE STATISTICS UNDER 30 MONTHS

http://bseyoungestage.blogspot.com/

http://flounder068.vox.com/library/post/bse-youngest-age-statistics-under-30-months.html

Friday, June 20, 2008

USDA TO KOREA AND THE WORLD, EAT THAT AND LIKE IT

http://usdavskorea.blogspot.com/2008/06/usda-to-korea-and-world-eat-that-and.html

Monday, June 23, 2008

BSE CASE CONFIRMED IN BRITISH COLUMBIA OTTAWA Monday, June 23, 2008 2:20 PM

http://docket-aphis-2006-0041.blogspot.com/2008/06/bse-case-confirmed-in-british-columbia.html

http://organicconsumers.org/forum/index.php?showtopic=1625

Terry S. Singeltary Sr. P.O. Box 42 Bacliff, Texas USA 77518

Terry S. Singeltary Sr.

June 20, 2009 12:59 PM

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Docket No. FDA2002N0031 (formerly Docket No. 2002N0273) RIN 0910AF46 Substances Prohibited From Use in Animal Food or Feed; Final Rule: Proposed

http://madcowfeed.blogspot.com/2009/04/docket-no-fda2002n0031-formerly-docket.html

http://prionunitusaupdate2008.blogspot.com/2009/04/r-calf-and-usa-mad-cow-problem-dont.html#comments

Sunday, April 12, 2009 r-calf and the USA mad cow problem, don't look, don't find, and then blame Canada

http://prionunitusaupdate2008.blogspot.com/2009/04/r-calf-and-usa-mad-cow-problem-dont.html

http://prionunitusaupdate2008.blogspot.com/2009/04/cjd-foundation-sides-with-r-calfers-no.html#comments


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Monitoring the occurrence of emerging forms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the United States 2003 revisited 2009

http://cjdusa.blogspot.com/2009/06/monitoring-occurrence-of-emerging-forms.html



Sunday, June 07, 2009

L-TYPE-BSE, H-TYPE-BSE, C-TYPE-BSE, IBNC-TYPE-BSE, TME, CWD, SCRAPIE, CJD, NORTH AMERICA

http://bse-atypical.blogspot.com/2009/06/l-type-bse-h-type-bse-c-type-bse-ibnc.html



''online demagogues''

or

''online truth teller''

SEE google Korea, SINGELTARY KOREA ;

http://www.google.co.kr/search?complete=1&hl=ko&q=terry+s.+singeltary+sr.&btnG=%EA%B2%80%EC%83%89&lr=lang_ko&aq=f&oq=





Terry S. Singeltary Sr. P.O. Box 42 Bacliff, Texas USA 77518

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