BSE-related ruling prolongs US ban on Canadian cattle

first_img Johanns statement on Senate votehttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2005/03/0074.xml Canadian feed ban gets good gradesCebull’s ruling came just 5 days after the USDA announced that Canada’s feed ban to prevent transmission of BSE was working well. In late January, after the discovery of Canada’s two latest BSE cases, the USDA sent a technical team to Canada to assess how Canada’s “ruminant-to-ruminant” feed ban was working. The report says Canada’s feed and rendering industries are increasingly using separate, or “dedicated,” production lines to handle permitted and banned materials, the report says. This reduces the risk that feed for ruminants will be contaminated with ruminant proteins. Johanns statement on court rulinghttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2005/03/0072.xml The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) had planned to reopen the border to live Canadian cattle under 30 months of age on Mar 7. But on Mar 2, US District Judge Richard Cebull in Billings, Mont., ordered the government to delay that move on grounds that it could increase human exposure to BSE, or mad cow disease, in the United States. Senate votes to keep border closedYesterday—the day after Cebull’s ruling—the USDA plan suffered another setback when the US Senate passed a resolution to block it. But White House officials said President Bush would veto the resolution if it passed the House and reached his desk, according to a Reuters report. Ironically, two more BSE cases were discovered in Alberta within 2 weeks after the USDA plan was announced. Those discoveries fueled opposition to the plan. Cebull’s ruling drew protests from the top agricultural officials of both the United States and Canada. Mar 4, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A federal judge in Montana this week delayed a plan to reopen the US border to Canadian cattle for the first time since bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was found in Canada. Dr. Ron DeHaven, administrator of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, commented, “This assessment affirms our science-based decision to begin lifting the ban on live ruminants and ruminant products from Canada that have virtually no risk to human or animal health.” US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns described himself as “very disappointed.” He said the plan to reopen the border, along with existing animal health and public health measures in both countries, provides “the utmost protection to both U.S. consumers and livestock.” Cebull granted the injunction until R-CALF’s suit can be weighed in a full trial, according to the newspaper. He gave the two sides 10 days to propose a schedule for a trial. According to the Globe and Mail, Cebull wrote that resuming cattle imports from Canada would “likely be understood by consumers in the U.S. and abroad as increasing the risk of BSE agents entering the U.S. meat supply.” He said the risks the move entails are “great,” while “delay is prudent and largely harmless.” During the review, on-site inspectors saw one significant violation of the ban, and corrective action was taken immediately, according to a summary of the CFIA report.center_img Feb 25 USDA statement on its assessment of Canada’s feed banhttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2005/02/0066.xml Cattle contract BSE by eating protein from infected animals. To prevent this, both Canada and the United States in 1997 banned the use of most mammalian proteins in feed for cattle and other ruminants. Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Andy Mitchell said he shared the “profound disappointment of the Canadian livestock industry” over the ruling. He continued, “Canada and the United States have the same BSE risk status, and have similar safeguards in place to protect human health, food safety and animal health. “The interests of consumers and producers on both sides of the border would be served by reintegrating our ruminant and meat markets to the fullest extent possible based on science. The science indicates that the border should be reopened.” This week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) released its own review of Canada’s feed ban. The agency concluded that the ban was appropriately designed and implemented and that compliance with it is high. “On average, 95% of feed mills and 93% of renderers inspected over the past three years were either fully compliant or reported only minor non-compliance issues, such as documentation requirements,” the CFIA said in a news release. Cebull issued the temporary injunction in a lawsuit brought by a livestock industry group, R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA). He asserted that Canadian beef poses a higher risk of BSE exposure than American beef because the disease has been found in several Canadian cows but not in any American-bred cows. (The single US case of BSE so far was in a cow born in Alberta.) The USDA announced its findings on the Canadian feed ban on Feb 25. The agency said its inspectors did a thorough assessment and found that “Canada has a robust inspection program, that overall compliance with the feed ban is good and that the feed ban is reducing the risk of transmission of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in the Canadian cattle population.” See also: “Allowing the import of Canadian cattle into the U.S. increases the potential for human exposure to the material containing the agent for BSE in this higher-risk meat,” Cebull wrote, as quoted in the Toronto Globe and Mail. Johanns also objected to the Senate vote to block the resumption of cattle imports. He said the vote “undermines the U.S. efforts to promote science-based regulations, complicates U.S. negotiations to reopen foreign markets to U.S. beef and would perpetuate the economic disruption of the beef and cattle industry.” He promised to try to stop the resolution in the House. Statement by Canadian Agriculture Minister Andy Mitchellhttp://www.agr.gc.ca/cb/index_e.php?s1=n&s2=2005&page=n50302a The United States has barred importation of live Canadian cattle since May 2003, when Canada’s first BSE case was discovered. In late December 2004, the USDA announced its plan to reopen the border to young Canadian cattle, saying Canada was a “minimal risk” region for BSE. Because BSE has a long incubation period, experts believe it is next to impossible for cattle younger than 30 months to have infective levels of disease.last_img read more

Citizens urged to care for elderly relatives

first_img Share 16 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Citizens urged to care for elderly relatives by: – May 1, 2012 Sharing is caring!center_img Hon. Gloria ShillingfordOne government minister has underscored the importance of and issued a call to citizens to ensure that their elderly relatives are properly cared for and not left as the sole responsibility of the state.Community Development, Social Services and Gender Affairs Minister Gloria Shillingford told a national consultation organized by the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD) on Monday that families who have disabled elderly relatives should play a greater role in assisting them.The DAPD ended its public education campaign drive with a national consultation to garner support from the public in their quest to urge the government to ratify United Nations Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.Shillingford made particular reference to Article 9 of that Convention which alludes to accessibility for people with disabilities by “enabling them to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life”.She appealed to citizens to treat their elderly relatives with the respect and dignity which they deserve. “I wish to single out the elderly among us who acquire disabilities associated with age and illness. I am therefore appealing to families to take care of their elderly; cherish them, love them and ensure that they enjoy their latter days in the comfort and dignity which they deserve”.According to Shillingford, although the government has initiated a program to ensure that its elderly citizens are cared for, family members should provide the love, care and attention which all humans require.“I urge them not to leave their elderly to the government’s Yes We Care Program only or the Dominica Infirmary, mindful that they deserve a better life”.She noted that the families should work in partnership with the government to ensure that their loved ones receive the best care possible.“Let me quickly say that the government’s Yes We Care Program is a program of partnership with the families all aimed at giving back to our elderly persons who in their productive years made a significant contribution to national development”.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 3 start time: When does new season begin after live event?

first_imgBuilt for one reason. To defy the Storm.The Cyclo Outfit is ready to fulfill its purpose in the Item Shop now. pic.twitter.com/yB9evVWBQn— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) June 14, 2020Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 countdownThe countdown above will count until when we anticipate the Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 3 patch update will take place. It’s impossible to know exactly when the game will be ready to play immediately, but it should be ready by the time most people in the EST time zone will wake up.Fortnite Season 3 Battle PassThe Battle Pass for Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 should follow the same price point as previous seasons. This means the main Season 3 Battle Pass will cost 950 V-Bucks (about $9.50) with the Battle Bundle costing 2,500 V-Bucks (about $25.00). The Battle Bundle version lets you skip past the first 25 tiers of the Battle Pass. The Fortnite live event took place on Monday, June 15, but a completely brand new map did not happen right away.Click here to watch what happened during Fortnite’s Doomsday event. Like previous season changes, the start of the new season typically takes place a little while after the main event begins. Although this time is slightly different because the live event is taking place on a Monday, the first time ever a season-ending event has happened during a weekday in Fortnite.There is still a wait for Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 3, but it’s not as long of a wait as previous seasons.MORE: Everything to know about the Fortnite live eventWhen does Fortnite Season 3 start?Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 will start on Wednesday, June 17. This is two days after the Fortnite live event that takes place on Monday, June 15. Epic Games typically begins the update at 2 a.m. EST and the downtime lasts for about 2-3 hours.In the mean time between the live event and the official start of Season 3, there will likely be some sort of map change. We’ve seen in previous seasons how a live event has resulted in a minor map change for the in-between time. Such as when the robot took down the monster and left behind a skeleton on the map.But by the time the season starts, you can expect a brand new map.last_img read more