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Johanns claims downer cattle did not have BSE
Eiji Hirose Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondent

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said 29 head of so-called downer cattle slaughtered for human consumption could not walk not because they had mad cow disease, but due to injury or other factors, it was learned Saturday.

According to a report released by the U.S. Agriculture Department on Feb. 2, at least 29 head of downer cattle were slaughtered for human consumption between June 2004 and April 2005. Such cattle are banned for consumption to safeguard consumers from contracting bovine spongiform encephalopathy, the scientific name for mad cow disease.

In his answers to written questions sent from Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Shoichi Nakagawa on sloppy supervision of U.S. beef exports to Japan, Johanns said 29 was a very small figure when compared with the millions of cattle slaughtered in that period. This kind of comment appears to show the U.S. government does not take the issue seriously enough.

Though in the case of 20 of the 29 downers, their reasons for being unable to walk were not recorded, Johanns concluded that all the 29 cattle were healthy until they arrived at slaughterhouses, where they suddenly became unable to walk because of injury or other factors. But he gave no clear evidence for his conclusion.

Johanns refrained from replying directly to a question on whether nine meatpackers and slaughterhouses that could not provide documentary proof that they had eliminated specified risk materials (SRM) from their beef include exporters to Japan.

Johanns only said the U.S. government had not found any proof that any SRM entered the food market from the nine facilities.


His statement might further fuel anger of Japanese government and consumers.

(Feb. 19, 2006)
 

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Oldtimer said:
Johanns claims downer cattle did not have BSE
Eiji Hirose Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondent

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said 29 head of so-called downer cattle slaughtered for human consumption could not walk not because they had mad cow disease, but due to injury or other factors, it was learned Saturday.

According to a report released by the U.S. Agriculture Department on Feb. 2, at least 29 head of downer cattle were slaughtered for human consumption between June 2004 and April 2005. Such cattle are banned for consumption to safeguard consumers from contracting bovine spongiform encephalopathy, the scientific name for mad cow disease.

In his answers to written questions sent from Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Shoichi Nakagawa on sloppy supervision of U.S. beef exports to Japan, Johanns said 29 was a very small figure when compared with the millions of cattle slaughtered in that period. This kind of comment appears to show the U.S. government does not take the issue seriously enough.

Though in the case of 20 of the 29 downers, their reasons for being unable to walk were not recorded, Johanns concluded that all the 29 cattle were healthy until they arrived at slaughterhouses, where they suddenly became unable to walk because of injury or other factors. But he gave no clear evidence for his conclusion.

Johanns refrained from replying directly to a question on whether nine meatpackers and slaughterhouses that could not provide documentary proof that they had eliminated specified risk materials (SRM) from their beef include exporters to Japan.

Johanns only said the U.S. government had not found any proof that any SRM entered the food market from the nine facilities.


His statement might further fuel anger of Japanese government and consumers.

(Feb. 19, 2006)

Only 29? How many people does 29 head feed or contaminate? As long as it isn't your own family it might be okay?
 

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Claims and or facts are two different animals.

Johanns claims downer cattle did not have BSE.

In Mikes answers to written questions sent from Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Shoichi Nakagawa on sloppy supervision of U.S. beef exports to Japan, Johanns said 29 was a very small figure when compared with the millions of cattle slaughtered in that period. Very problematic.
 

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Johanns refrained from replying directly to a question on whether nine meatpackers and slaughterhouses that could not provide documentary proof that they had eliminated specified risk materials (SRM) from their beef include exporters to Japan.

The USDA is out of control. Someone needs to get a handle on things and do it fast.

Looks like I ain't gonna get my $175 per head back. :roll:
 

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Reader, I don't think these 29 fell into the category you are talking about. Here is an excerpt from an article on it that indicates they had no records of acute injury (like a broken leg or something during shipment):

`Downer Cows' Entering Meat Supply, USDA Inspector General Says

Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. government inspectors sometimes allow cattle that can't walk to be slaughtered, contrary to rules aimed at preventing mad-cow disease, the Agriculture Department's Inspector General said in a report.

The inspector general said that at two of 12 slaughter plants reviewed in an audit, 29 non-ambulatory cattle were slaughtered over a 10-month period, and that 20 had been identified as ``downers'' with no records of acute injury.

This violates USDA policy that excludes ``all non- ambulatory disabled cattle from the human food supply,'' the IG said as part of a 118-page review of how the department enforces rules meant to prevent mad-cow disease. The report, which said the USDA must also improve record-keeping, was released on the Inspector General's Web site.....
 
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Aussies Say U.S. Beef Is Out Of Japan Until July
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) contends U.S. beef won't be allowed back into Japan until July. That delayed entry is the reason MLA reassessed this week its 2006 forecast for Australian beef exports to be up 1%.
 

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Oldtimer said:
Aussies Say U.S. Beef Is Out Of Japan Until July
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) contends U.S. beef won't be allowed back into Japan until July. That delayed entry is the reason MLA reassessed this week its 2006 forecast for Australian beef exports to be up 1%.

That should give "Penn" plenty of time to insult the Japs some more. :???:
 

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