Nov 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. 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 resultshttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/other/bse/news/august0904bse.html 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:
Wilson Sons Estaleiros, one of Brazil’s largest providers of integrated logistics and supply chain solutions, began April with the dry-docking of the hydraulic backhoe dredger Simson – owned by Dutch company Van Oord. The dry-docking includes structural repairs and improvements in the box-cooler, according to an official Wilson Sons’s announcement.The operation took place in Guarujá (State of São Paulo) and lasted around 30 days. This was the first dry-docking work that Wilson Sons Estaleiros has conducted for Van Oord.According to Adalberto Souza, Wilson Sons Estaleiros’ Executive Director, the key factors considered in Van Oord’s decision were the shipyard’s location, infrastructure and excellent safety performance.“Other contracts are under negotiation. Wilson Sons Estaleiros has many competitive advantages: tradition of on-time deliveries, quality, competitive prices and the support of a strong group such as Wilson Sons,” commented Souza.In addition to Simson, five other dry-dockings were carried out by Wilson Sons Estaleiros between January and March and twenty more are scheduled for 2019. The current order book also contemplates the construction of an escort tug with 90 tons of bollard pull for the Wilson Sons towage fleet, the company said in its release.
Kenny Jackett acknowledges only time will tell if Kevin Doyle remains at Wolves beyond the close of the summer transfer window. Jackett is keen to keep hold of the Ireland international striker but readily admits League One may not be the place for him as suitors from higher divisions continue to be linked with his services, while Doyle’s wages would also stretch Wolves’ third-tier budget. But the 29-year-old has shown plenty of commitment to Wanderers’ cause since being brought back into Jackett’s plans, and it currently remains to be seen where he will be plying his trade when the window closes on Monday September 2. “Kevin is a Wolves player although there is constant speculation in the newspapers,” Jackett told the club’s official website. “Is he unhappy here? Is he close to a move? That’s not necessarily the case. “It’s quite a unique and unusual situation that the club has dropped two levels in two years and these might not be our problems but they are our equations to work out. “The club has its way and we have got to make sure we keep planning on ourselves and concentrate on our own club and our own team. “Kevin’s commitment since I have been here has been excellent and it was evident (in Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Bristol City).” Asked if Doyle has too much quality for League One, Wanderers’ head coach added: “I hope that proves the case over the course of the year and I hope we can keep him as well. But we’ll have to see. “He has shown a lot of commitment and a lot of quality in the short time I have been here.” Press Association
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