November 19, 2020

USDA reports second inconclusive BSE test

first_img The second inconclusive test came 4 days after the first one was announced Jun 25. A USDA laboratory in Ames, Iowa, is now doing confirmatory testing of tissue samples from both cattle. Because the additional tests could rule out BSE, the agency has not disclosed where the cattle came from, where the screening tests were done, or any other details. Jun 30, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Another inconclusive result on a rapid screening test for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was announced late yesterday afternoon by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). “The inconclusive result does not mean that we have found another case of BSE in this country,” said Dr. John Clifford, deputy administrator of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), in a prepared statement. Repeating comments he made in announcing the previous inconclusive test, he added that screening tests are designed to be extremely sensitive and some inconclusive results are expected. “USDA remains confident in the safety of the US beef supply,” Clifford said. He said the exclusion of specified risk materials—tissues most likely to contain the BSE agent in an infected cow—from the food supply would protect the public if more cases of BSE were found. “The carcass has been accounted for and is not in the food supply,” Clifford said. The USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames is conducting the confirmatory tests, and results in the second case are expected in 4 to 7 days, Clifford said. He promised to provide more information about the animal and its origin if the test comes back positive. Clifford said the USDA would hold a technical briefing on the BSE testing program later today. The use of rapid screening tests began with the expansion of USDA’s BSE surveillance Jun 1 as a result of the discovery of a single case of BSE in Washington state last December. The agency plans to screen more than 200,000 cattle over the next 12 to 18 months to assess the existence or prevalence of BSE in US herds. BSE screening tests were conducted on 8,585 cattle in the first 4 weeks of the expanded surveillance program, according to APHIS figures.last_img read more

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GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NOTES

first_imgFour Masters G.A.A. ClubThe €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 33 were Cieran Kelly, c/o Kelco Communications and George Griffin, Clarlougheske. The numbers drawn were 1, 7, 14 & 16 with the jackpot now standing at €9,100.Club members, managers, coaches or administrators interested in either a First Aid/Defib Course or Defib Refresher Course should book their place with Deborah Lacey (087) 2199730 as soon as possible.  Adult membership @ €50.00 is now due and should be paid to Registrar, Michael Martin (087) 6198905 as soon as possible. Alternatively, members are now being sought for ‘Club Donegal’ at a cost of €200.00 for the coming season. This subscription will entitle the member to a Club Donegal card that will admit them free-of-charge to all club league and championship matches in the county in 2012, full adult membership of Four Masters and free entry into the Annual Lotto for 25 weeks. This is a great opportunity to support both your Club and County. Further information available from Sean Dunnion, Maeve Espey or Paul Timoney. GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

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