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

Joe Willock sends message to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over Arsenal contract saga

first_imgJoe Willock sends message to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over Arsenal contract saga Arteta hopes FA Cup run persuades Aubameyang to stayTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:07FullscreenArteta hopes FA Cup run persuades Aubameyang to stay is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘As I said, he’s an amazing guy and hopefully he’ll stay at the club and I can learn from him even more.’And when asked if he’s content at the club, Willock laughed and replied: ‘He looks happy’.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAubameyang’s brace against City took his tally to 25 goals in all competitions this season and booked Arsenal’s place in the FA Cup final.The Gunners will play either Chelsea or Manchester United, who contest the other semi-final on Sunday.MORE: Pep Guardiola knew what tactics Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta would use against Manchester CityMORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta praises Ainsley Maitlaind-Niles for changing his mentality and mindestFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Willock wants Arsenal’s captain to stay (Picture: Getty Images)Joe Willock hopes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will stay at Arsenal and insists the captain ‘looks happy’ at the north London club.The 31-year-old has less than 12 months remaining on his current contract at the Emirates and is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal.Speaking after the Gunners’ 2-0 FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City on Saturday, Mikel Arteta admitted his top scorer ‘sounds pretty convinced’ of the project underway at Arsenal.And when discussing Aubameyang’s future, midfielder Willock reiterated his desire for the Gabon international to remain at the club.ADVERTISEMENT‘Obviously, everyone knows he’s an amazing guy, not only is he our captain, he’s a massive, massive player for us,’ Willock told The Beautiful Game podcast.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I don’t really know what’s going on with that stuff [the contract situation], but, I love to play with him.  Metro Sport ReporterSunday 19 Jul 2020 12:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.1kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Clonmel Commercials and Moyle Rovers to square off in football final

first_imgCommercials defeated Aherlow Gaels in a tight game on a final score of 0-9 to 0-5 Moyle Rovers beat Arravale Rovers on a 2-15 to 1-14 scoreline after a close finish in Leahy Park.The final will take place next weekend.last_img