- Hello, Jeff - Here is another archived article re call
for more BSE testing.
- DEFRA admitted that there is NO OBLIGATION to have animals
tested. Thus far, the US, European Union and other countries around the
world have allowed BSE and also nvCJD to get out of control by refusing
to address the issue and by allowing a major international coverup.
- We have a disease that has a 4 to 6 year incubation period.
Testing cattle over 30 months is not serving to stop BSE infected meat
from entering the food chain. Many of the under 30 month animals might
be incubating BSE.
- What happens is that BSE incubates and finally shows
symptoms after 4 to 6 years when cattle are older. The fact is BSE has
been infecting cattle under 30 months of age and has been going undetected
and entering the human food chain .
- There is also a problem with some farmers who choose
to slaughter and bury any animal that might show signs of BSE.
- I think there is an incredible problem with BSE and the
world would shutter to see the true stats.
- UK Call For More BSE Testing
- BBC News
- There is no obligation on farms to have animals tested.
- A senior government scientist has warned that too few
cattle are being tested for BSE in Britain. Professor Roy Anderson believes
the true extent of the disease may not be known in the UK, because so few
animals are tested compared with other European countries.
- Almost one million animals are tested by both France
and Germany every year.
- Prof Anderson, who has also advised ministers on foot-and-mouth
disease, says that until this is matched in Britain the accuracy of information
on the presence of BSE in this country cannot be guaranteed.
- Most of the 10,000 animals tested in the UK are those
that have died - either due to accidents or disease - or those that are
more than 30 months old.
- EU legislation
- These animals might be more susceptible to the disease
and that could distort the figures.
- The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(Defra) has issued a statement saying there is no obligation on farms to
have animals tested and admits that this means they are slow to come forward.
- However, it says Britain is complying with EU legislation
- A Europe-wide testing programme was introduced at the
beginning of the year for cattle over 30 months.
- The average incubation period for BSE is four to six
years, and the government says there have been no cases of BSE in younger
cattle since strict feed controls were introduced in 1996.
- Patricia A. Doyle, PhD Please visit my "Emerging
Diseases" message board at: http://www.clickitnews.com/ubbthreads/postlist.php?Cat=&Board=emergingdiseases
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