USDA reports another possible BSE case

first_imgNov 18, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said today it is running confirmatory tests on a possible new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. The first BSE case spurred the USDA to expand its BSE surveillance program starting in June. The new possible case was one of the high-risk animals targeted in the surveillance program, said Andrea Morgan, associate deputy administrator for veterinary services in the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. She spoke at a morning news conference, a transcript of which was published online. In late June the USDA reported inconclusive results on single BSE screening tests on two different cows. Further testing ruled out the disease in both cases, but the initial test results shook the beef industry. As a result, in August the USDA set a policy whereby it will make no announcement until two BSE screening tests on the same animal are inconclusive. Two rapid screening tests on a cow were inconclusive, prompting the USDA to begin confirmatory tests, which will take 4 to 7 days, officials said in a statement. The carcass was kept out of the food and animal feed chains, the agency said. It did not reveal where the cow came from or where it was initially tested. USDA news briefing transcript Morgan said today that after one test was inconclusive, “We allowed the submitting laboratory to rerun the test, and they got yet another indication on the rerun of an inconclusive.” The result was reported early this morning, she said. Morgan said the USDA “remains confident in the safety of the US beef supply.” After the first BSE case was found, the agency banned nonambulatory (“downer”) cattle and high-risk cattle tissues, called specified-risk materials (SRMs), from the human food chain. SRMs include the skull, brain, spinal cord, vertebral column, and certain nerve bundles from cattle older than 30 months, plus the tonsils and small intestine of cattle of all ages. Morgan said the SRM ban would protect the public if another BSE case is confirmed. The USDA says it has tested more than 113,000 cattle since June 1 in its expanded BSE surveillance program. The program mainly targets animals considered to be at increased risk for BSE, including those that can’t walk, die on farms, are injured, or show signs of neurologic disease. Up to 12 labs around the country have been authorized to conduct the rapid BSE screening tests.center_img If the case is confirmed, it would be the nation’s second. The first case, detected last December in a cow in Washington state, prompted dozens of countries to stop importing US beef. The Bush administration recently announced a tentative agreement with Japan on conditions for reopening the Japanese market to American beef. “The inconclusive result does not mean we have found another case of BSE in this country,” Morgan stated. “Inconclusive results are a normal component of screening tests, which are designed to be extremely sensitive so that they will detect any samples that could possibly be positive.” Aug 9 CIDRAP News story on USDA policy on reporting BSE test results USDA news release on inconclusive test Tissue samples from the cow have been sent to the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, for confirmatory tests, Morgan said. “If the test comes back positive for BSE we will then be providing additional information about the animal and its origin,” she stated. See also:last_img read more

Queensland top cop swaps Brisbane for the bush

first_img Fitness guru sells Gold Coast mansion MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES Campdrafting involves ‘cutting’ a cow from the pack and steering it through an obstacle course to demonstrate control of the beast. Picture: Sue Jones, Australian Campdrafting Magazine.“Campdrafting is affected by the drought right now, the cattle are too weak and you don’t want to risk knocking them around. It’s a unique sport in that a lot of things must line up to be successful,” he said. Chief superintendent Les Hopkins in a 2010 press conference.He was police commander for the Gabba and has a signed shirt from Ricky Ponting for his command of the Ashes Test Series that became a model of best practice in Australia. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe renovated Queenslander that Mr Hopkins bought with his wife Ginny in 2011 was put on the market this week. FOLLOW DEBRA BELA ON TWITTER The mancave that displays Mr Hopkins’ extensive collection of police memorabilia.“The room tells the story of my life from a young police officer to my senior role as chief superintendent.He has a collection of navy badges and caps from his job as the police inspector for the Port of Brisbane where he was required to greet the US navy ships that came to town.“The hat collection is mainly from the US, my wife is American born, and there’s shoulder patches from pre-911,” he said.“After that the US law enforcement agencies tightened up who could get their hands on patches.”And he has a State of Origin jersey signed by all the Maroons players that his work colleagues presented to his wife when she had brain surgery 16 years ago.But Mr Hopkins, who grew up on a cattle property near Dalby, is now keen to focus on his horses, and he and his wife are moving to a property west of Rockhampton on the central Queensland coast.“I’ve started competing in campdrafting and we’re going up and down to Rockhampton and living on the property so we’ve finally decided to buy our own property which is 10 minutes from my brother so we will own property and the horses will be with us.”He said campdrafting is one of Australia’s fastest growing sports but with severe drought conditions in much of Queensland, several competitions have been cancelled this year. The four-bedroom house that has been home to the Hopkins family since 2011.The story of Mr Hopkins’ extensive police career is told in the many hundreds of police badges and caps on display in the custom-built mancave of his northern suburbs Queenslander.“That’s the only part I’m upset about leaving,” Mr Hopkins said. Where to buy bargains in the ‘burbs Inspector Les Hopkins in 2006 with Gabba manager Chris Cochrane explaining new bag restrictions for the Ashes Test. Picture: Nathan Richter.He was police inspector for the Port of Brisbane, in charge of Suncorp Stadium, New Year’s Eve and Riverfire events in Brisbane, and he was also Mt Isa’s top cop. Les Hopkins when he was superintendent at the Mount Isa Police Station in 2008.HE was one of Queensland’s top cops, now Les Hopkins is putting his Brisbane home on the market to focus on Australian campdrafting.The former chief superintendent for Brisbane’s Metropolitan North Region, Mr Hopkins retired in 2011 after 32 years in the Queensland Police Force.last_img read more

MainSource receives regulatory approval to acquire FCB

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — MainSource Bank has been approved by the Federal Reserve Bank and the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions to merge with The First Capital Bank of Kentucky or FCB.FCB is headquartered in Louisville and operates 7 branches in the Louisville area.The merger remains subject to approval by the shareholders of FCB and other closing conditions.The merger is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2017.last_img

Chelsea have an edge on rivals for Villarreal winger Chukwueze

first_imgChelsea have an advantage over their rivals as they look to sign Villarreal winger, Samuel Chukwueze. Loading… The Blues could focus on Chukwueze if their number one, Jadon Sancho, decides he wants a move to Manchester United. read also:Chukwueze’s progress at Villarreal excites Amuneke, Adepoju 21-year-old Chukwueze would prove to be a cheaper alternative, although he has a hefty €100m release clause. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City are all interested in the Nigeria international. However, AS says Chukwueze has been a fan of the Blues since his childhood and would love a move to Stamford Bridge.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time10 Risky Jobs Some Women Dolast_img read more