USDA Chief Veterinary Officer On BSE Case

Share This


On April 24, 2012, the United States Department of Agriculture announced the nation’s fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), sometimes called mad cow disease, in a dairy cow from central California. USDA Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. John Clifford answers a series of questions about this BSE case. For the latest information visit www.usda.gov

23 comments to USDA Chief Veterinary Officer On BSE Case

  • TSEPRION  says:

    rare disease is “not generally associated with an animal consuming infected feed.”

    The USDA’s conclusion is a “gross oversimplification,” said Dr. Paul Brown, one of the world’s experts on this type of disease who retired recently from the National Institutes of Health. “(The agency) has no foundation on which to base that statement.”

    “We can’t say it’s not feed related,” agreed Dr. Linda Detwiler, an official with the USDA during the Clinton Administration now at Mississippi State.

  • TSEPRION  says:

    Discussion: The C, L and H type BSE cases in Canada exhibit molecular characteristics similar to those described for classical and atypical BSE cases from Europe and Japan. This supports the theory that the importation of BSE contaminated feedstuff is the source of C-type BSE in Canada.

    *** It also suggests a similar cause or source for atypical BSE in these countries.

    neuroprion . o r g

  • TSEPRION  says:

    2007

    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

    42,090 lbs.

    VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE

    9,997,976 lbs.

    2006 was a banner year with tons and tons of banned mad cow feed in commerce.

    skroll down past SRM breaches ;

    transmissiblespongiformencephalopathy.blogspot.com

  • BjornNuwanda  says:

    Spontaneous BSE has been shown and documented in several peer reviewed and published research papers. Spongiform encephalopathies arise from a misfolding of endogenous proteins in the nervous system. These proteins then act as a template causing others to misfold leading to destructive amyloid plaques. Spontaneous spongiform encephalopathies arise when this happens spontaneously. The weight of the scientific community accepts this. There are still experts who deny global warming too.

  • BjornNuwanda  says:

    That is a response to the question. To draw out the implications that I perhaps answered to subtly, the relation of risk between the disease stated here (BSE), what I eat (in this case beef) and my health (the possibility of a single animal entering the food chain causing nvCJD in a single individual, much less me being that individual) is almost non existent. The question as you phrased it is too broad and naive to deserve a response outside of the context in which it was asked.

  • AnimalLeftist  says:

    Thanks for skirting the question. Good luck.

  • TSEPRION  says:

    i’m saying, and i am agreeing with Paul Brown, spontaneous BSE is a myth. never proven nor documented in any natural field case. i also don’t believe that 85% of all CJD i.e. sporadic, is spontaneous. feed IS a factor for atypical BSE. atypical BSE is transmissible orally. nothing spontaneous about that…to believe that atypical BSE is a spontaneous happening, or to believe that 85%+ of all human TSE i.e. sporadic cjd is spontaneous, is a myth, one that continues to help spread this disease.

  • BjornNuwanda  says:

    I really feel the risk factor for contracting nvCJD from eating beef, especially considering the low rate of occurrence of BSE, is negligible and therefor will continue to eat beef without prejudice. Seriously.

  • BjornNuwanda  says:

    So you’re citing a one off statement of expert opinion over peer reviewed published literature? Your life man.

  • TSEPRION  says:

    Monday, September 26, 2011

    Variably Protease-Sensitive Prionopathy, Prionpathy, Prionopathy, FFI, GSS,
    gCJD, hvCJD, sCJD, TSE, PRION, update 2011

    prionopathy.blogspot.com/2011/09/variably-protease-sensitive-prionopathy.html

  • TSEPRION  says:

    “In view of what we know about BSE after almost 20 years experience, contaminated feed has been the source of the epidemic,” said Paul Brown, a scientist retired from the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke.

    It is possible the disease could arise spontaneously, though such an event has never been recorded, Brown said.

  • BjornNuwanda  says:

    PLoS One. 2008 Aug 13;3(8):e2912. Identification of a heritable polymorphism in bovine PRNP associated with genetic transmissible spongiform encephalopathy: evidence of heritable BSE.Nicholson EM, Brunelle BW, Richt JA, Kehrli ME Jr, Greenlee JJ.

    Just to cite a couple examples.

  • BjornNuwanda  says:

    Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2008 Sep 5;373(4):493-7. Epub 2008 Jun 26.
    Spontaneous and BSE-prion-seeded amyloid formation of full length recombinant bovine prion protein.Panza G, Stöhr J, Dumpitak C, Papathanassiou D, Weiss J, Riesner D, Willbold D, Birkmann E.

    Acta Microbiol Immunol Hung. 2009 Mar;56(1):53-60. Broadening spectrum of bovine spongiform encephalopathies. Füzi M, Horváth P.

  • TSEPRION  says:

    Friday, May 18, 2012

    Update from APHIS Regarding a Detection of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in the United States Friday May 18, 2012

    transmissiblespongiformencephalopathy.blogspot.com/2012/05/update-from-aphis-regarding-detection.html

  • TSEPRION  says:

    Friday, May 18, 2012

    Update from APHIS Regarding a Detection of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in the United States Friday May 18, 2012

    transmissiblespongiformencephalopathy.blogspot.com/2012/05/update-from-aphis-regarding-detection.html

  • TSEPRION  says:

    wrong…atypical BSE has never been proven, NOT to be caused by feed. the spontaneous cause the USDA et al keep putting out, has never, ever, been proven. these are the facts, IF anyone cares about scientific facts anymore at the USDA. seems that if they keep saying these lies long enough, they begin to believe them.
    it’s a sad day for the USA consumers, and consumers abroad, that consume USA beef. …

  • FreddieMcGonardilly  says:

    No, they studied the cow and found it was atypical, a very rare form of BSE that couldn’t of been caught in the feed.

  • TSEPRION  says:

    However, a BSE expert said that consumption of infected material is the only known way that cattle get the disease under natural conditons.

    “In view of what we know about BSE after almost 20 years experience, contaminated feed has been the source of the epidemic,” said Paul Brown, a scientist retired from the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke.

    It is possible the disease could arise spontaneously, though such an event has never been recorded, Brown said.

  • TSEPRION  says:

    Over the next 8-10 weeks, approximately 40% of all the adult mink on the farm died from TME.

    snip…

    The rancher was a ”dead stock” feeder using mostly (>95%) downer or dead dairy cattle…

    downercattle.blogspot.com

    

  • westernhorserider88  says:

    oh i c….thnx for the info

  • AnimalLeftist  says:

    I wonder if the families of the 150 would feel so cavalier about this. There are many, many diseases out there that have cropped up in the 20th century. You really feel what we eat isn’t related to our health? Seriously?

  • AnimalLeftist  says:

    Standing ovation here.. You give me hope. Not much does these days. Who in their right mind would use a seriously sick animal in the food chain? AND feed that sick animal to other so-called healthy animals? Every scrap of meat is valuable, and hang the consequences. When I first read about how BSE began, I just shook my head in disgust… Small farms need supported, but they will always have a higher cost. Will we pay that cost? I would. Many won’t.

  • TSEPRION  says:

    ***Oral Transmission of L-type Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in Primate Model

    ***Infectivity in skeletal muscle of BASE-infected cattle

    ***feedstuffs- It also suggests a similar cause or source for atypical BSE in these countries.

    ***Also, a link is suspected between atypical BSE and some apparently sporadic cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans

    transmissiblespongiformencephalopathy.blogspot.com/2012/04/update-from-usda-regarding-detection-of.html

Leave a reply