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OIE statement concerning R-Calf

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Date: Wed, 11 May 2005 10:58:56 +0200

Dear Ms. Delorme:

Thank you for your message to the OIE regarding your concerns on inaccurate statements in a recent release from R-Calf. We understand your concerns, and agree on the fact that often OIE standards are misinterpreted and/or misquoted. However, there is little we can do at the OIE to avoid such misuse of information.

We understand that officials of CFIA in Canada and those of USDA-APHIS in the United States are working on resolving current trade difficulties, as well as clarifying how the OIE standards, particularly on BSE, are being considered when establishing their own import regulations.

Sincerely,
Alex B. Thiermann
President, Terrestrial Animal Health Code

Now please reread the two paragraphs ......

Are you 100% positive that the majority of R-Calf statements and releases are not purposely misquoting the OIE to their advantage?

If you question or are undecided as to the validity of R-calf statements;
the OIE, as well as the USDA (and APHIS) and the CFIA offer official documentation of regulations, on-going measures and discussions. All of which define the scope of BSE surveillance and trade negotiations relative to both countries.

I would also like to thank Mr Thiermann for his response to my (and many others) concerns.
 
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