GAO faults FDA handling of BSE-linked feed ban

first_img The report includes nine recommendations to correct the various problems. The FDA disagreed with four of the recommendations, including the advice that the FDA should test feed samples when it inspects feed businesses. Tests cannot detect the prions that cause BSE, but they can detect animal material, which would help in verifying inspection results, the GAO contends. Some feed businesses have never been inspected, while others have not been inspected in more than 5 years, according to the GAO report, issued in March. In addition, the FDA does not usually test cattle feed for banned material, and the agency has not always alerted other federal agencies and the states when it learned that cattle might have been given feed containing such material. GAO report “Mad cow disease: FDA’s management of the feed ban has improved, but oversight weaknesses continue to limit program effectiveness”http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05101.pdf Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., requested the GAO report. To gather information, the agency reviewed 404 FDA inspection reports, interviewed FDA officials, and watched FDA and state inspectors conduct 19 feed-facility inspections in 12 states, the report says. The GAO also surveyed state agency officials in 38 states that inspected feed facilities under contracts with the FDA last year. The report says that in commenting on a draft version, the FDA said it believed “that the weaknesses we identified are not sufficiently material to place U.S. cattle at risk for BSE and that its risk-based inspection approach assures adequate oversight of the feed-ban rule.” Apr 26, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Despite some improvements since 2002, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) enforcement of rules to keep bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) from spreading through cattle feed still has serious gaps, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported recently. The report says the FDA has remedied some problems that the GAO had described in a report in early 2002. The agency now has uniform methods for inspecting feed facilities and training both FDA and state inspectors, plus better methods for tracking inspection results. The FDA has not always alerted the USDA and states when it learned that cattle might have been given feed containing banned material, even though the FDA’s guidelines call for such notifications. In one case, an inspector found that a firm had been using banned material for nearly a year; the firm issued a recall, but the FDA did not notify the USDA or the state. “We believe that the problems described in this report are serious and that, given the fact that BSE has been discovered in North American cattle, breaches in FDA’s oversight of the feed-ban rule place US cattle at risk for BSE,” the report states. But the FDA said the problems are not significant enough to pose a serious risk. About 14,800 feed manufacturers and other feed-industry businesses have been inspected so far, but the FDA knows there are others that have not been inspected, and it has no “uniform approach” for finding them. The FDA has not reinspected about 2,800 feed businesses in the past 5 years. Many of those were farms that are considered low-risk, but about 400 were feed mills, where the risk of violations is deemed higher. The FDA has given incomplete information about feed-ban compliance to Congress and the public. For example, in January 2004 the agency reported a 99% compliance rate but failed to note that the rate was based on inspections of only about 570 firms. And in some cases, FDA has counted firms as being in compliance even when the firms have placed no warning labels on feeds that contain prohibited material. See also: The FDA’s inspection guidelines do not call for routine testing of cattle feed for banned material. FDA officials said the presence of exempt items such as cattle blood in feed makes such testing useless, but officials in some states said such testing would be useful at firms that say they don’t use exempt items. Under the FDA feed ban, firms must clearly label feed and feed ingredients that may contain banned proteins with the statement “Do not feed to cattle or other ruminants.” Firms also must have methods for preventing mixing if they handle feed for both nonruminant animals (whose feed is still allowed to contain cattle protein) and ruminants. The sole US case of BSE so far was discovered in December 2003 in a Canadian born cow in Washington state. The discovery promoted the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to add some new rules to keep infective material out of the food supply and to greatly increase testing of cattle for the disease. The USDA and FDA banned the use of specified-risk materials—high-risk cattle parts such as the brain, spinal cord, and tonsils—in human food, but they can still be used in feed for nonruminant animals and pets. BSE, or mad cow disease, spreads when cattle eat feed containing the remains of infected animals. To prevent this, in 1997 the FDA banned the use of most proteins from mammals in feed for cattle and other ruminant animals. (However, cattle blood, milk, restaurant plate waste, and gelatin can still be used in cattle feed.) However, the GAO finds that the enforcement program still has serious weaknesses: Feb 28, 2002, CIDRAP News story “GAO says US barriers to mad cow disease are full of holes”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/other/bse/news/gaorept.htmllast_img read more

Many world media covered the UGP action and the #CroatiaIsSafe campaign

first_imgLast week, Croatian tourist workers, caterers and entrepreneurs gathered through the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association decided to react in an affirmative way and send a positive message to the world that holidays in Croatia are safe. Poruka je došla do onih kojima je bila namijenjena – kako turistima tako i stranim medijamima, u prvom redu njemački i austrijski mediji, da prošire glas o Lijepoj našoj kao sigurnoj turistikoj destinaciji. Croatian tourism professionals: Holidays in Croatia are safe http://www.finanztreff.de/news/kroatien-wirbt-um-touristen-urlaub-im-land-ist-sicher/20938174 The timely communication of the Ministry of Tourism, and especially the CNTB, was lacking and what little we could expect from the season was called into question, UGP points out, adding that this was the motive for the UGP Tourism and Catering Committee to form a press release in which they stressed that tourism workers adhere to all safety recommendations and that Croatia is safe for vacation. https://www.ad-hoc-news.de/wirtschaft/krk-fazana-das-eu-und-adria-land-kroatien-wirbt-im-schatten-der/60300640 https://ch.marketscreener.com/boerse-nachrichten/Kroatien-wirbt-um-Touristen-Urlaub-im-Land-ist-sicher–30859445 The importance of this UGP statement was recognized and published by many media in Germany and Austria, but also beyond. The announcement was published by more than fifteen influential foreign tourism media mostly from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Below are just some of the links to posts related to the UGP press release and action Holidays in Croatia are safe! #CroatiaIsSafe ROUNDUP / After the lockdown, Croatian Tourism is located in Meltdown / / / CROATIAN TOURIST EMPLOYEES SEND A MESSAGE TO THE WORLD: HOLIDAYS IN CROATIA ARE SAFE https://www.tag24.de/thema/coronavirus/coronavirus-liveticker-rekord-usa-neuinfektionen-50000-tag-lockerung-ruecknahme-1452019center_img After the tennis tournament in Zadar and the articles in the foreign media about the corona hotspot on the Croatian coast, UGP decided to react, and so they sent a message to the world: Holidays in Croatia are safe! #CroatiaIsSafe https://www.bild.de/wa/ll/bild-de/privater-modus-unangemeldet-54578900.bild.html https://der-farang.com/de/pages/corona-ueberblick-meldungen-am-donnerstag-13 http://www.finanztreff.de/news/roundup-nach-dem-lockdown-stemmt-sich-kroatiens-tourismus-gegen-den-meltdown/20938301 “Kad se za promociju hrvatskog turizma na našim emitivnim tržištima ne brine HTZ koja ima  državnu organizaciju, dvadesetak ureda u Europi i svijetu  i “samo“ 319 lokalnih zajednica po Hrvatskoj, onda poduzetnici sami moraju uzeti stvar u svoje ruke kako bi spasili i radna mjesta i sezonu! Pitamo se koliko plaćamo urede HTZ-a u Njemačkoj i drugim državama Europe te što to oni točno rade za promociju hrvatskog turizma?” said Drazen Orescanin, executive director of the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association. https://www.finanzen.net/nachricht/aktien/roundup-nach-dem-lockdown-stemmt-sich-kroatiens-tourismus-gegen-den-meltdown-9032367 “Želimo prenijeti poruku svim medijima u svijetu i Hrvatskoj da se hrvatski turistički djelatnici i ugostitelji drže preporuka i propisa vezanih za sprečavanje širenja korona virusa i pozivamo sve turiste da dođu u Hrvatsku te države EU da ne zatvaraju granice prema Hrvatskoj. Mi smo ozbiljni i profesionalni” said Gordana Fabijanić from the Committee for Tourism and Catering of UGP. https://www.ingmarkets.de/nachrichten/168759/roundupnach-dem-lockdown-stemmt-sich-kroatiens-tourismus-gegen-den-meltdown https://www.traveller-online.at/news/detail/kroatien-croatiaissafe-eine-botschaft-kroatischer-tourismusbetreiber.html?no_cache=1&fbclid=IwAR287UdfDeVZzoktEBPxqCZN9f75Hg8NhGe37AQzMcdnYB_1xXGJrkSVcKk https://ch.marketscreener.com/TUI-AG-470539/news/Nach-dem-Lockdown-stemmt-sich-Kroatiens-Tourismus-gegen-den-Meltdown-30859472last_img read more

Syracuse’s game at Canisius moved to Sunday

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 4 Syracuse’s game against Canisius was moved from April 5 to Sunday, April 3, SU Athletics announced in a release on Wednesday morning.While the game changes days, the location and time remain the same. The Orange (9-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) travels to Buffalo, New York, to face Canisius (4-5, 1-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic) at 7 p.m. after playing No. 13 Duke in the Carrier Dome at noon the same day.Syracuse is 3-1 on the road this season, the lone loss coming against then-No. 16 Boston College by a score of 13-8.SU’s contest with the Golden Griffs starts a three-game road swing that continues at Virginia Tech and Albany on April 9 and 12, respectively.Syracuse ended a skid in which it lost three of five and fell from its No. 2 ranking by beating No. 5 Notre Dame, 12-11, on the road on Sunday. The Orange continued its momentum with a 17-7 thumping of Connecticut on Tuesday night at home.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on March 30, 2016 at 11:47 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TRcenter_img Related Stories Kayla Treanor and Riley Donahue lead Syracuse to 17-7 win over ConnecticutAllie Murray overcomes early mistake to help Syracuse crush Connecticutlast_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Finals will continue into Tuesday

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, May 11, 2016:Friday•State tennis at Topeka.•Finals 1, 2.Sunday•Graduation, 2 p.m.Monday’s lunch — Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Oven Fries, Baked Beans, Cookie, Mandarin Oranges and Milk.Tuesday’s lunch — Corn Dog, Finger Potatoes, Green Beans, Pineapple and Milk.Today’s News: *Students- Don’t forget to turn in your library books! Any book not returned before locker clean-out will be charged full replacement price.* It’s not too late to sign up for the Spain 2017 Trip! If you are interested please stop by and visit with Mrs. Groom before you leave for the summer. The sooner you sign up, the lower your payments!*The FINALS schedule is as follows:Friday  May 13th- Normal Schedule 1-4 Students not taking finals may leave after 4th hour. Lunch  11:22 – 11:471st      11:52 – 1:332nd       1:38 – 3:10Monday  May 16th 3rd        7:55 – 9:354th        9:40 – 11:17Lunch   11:22 – 11:475th        11:52 -1:336th        1:38  – 3:10Tuesday May 17th7th      7:55 – 9:358th      9:40 – 11:00*Walk a Mile in My Shoes will be held at Lions Club Park on Saturday, May 14 from 9 am until noon. Please come walk to raise awareness for sexism and discrimination. T-shirts are available. Order forms are in the office.Today is National…National Crouton DayNational Apple Pie DayNational Frog Jumping DayNational Blame Someone Else Day.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

STETHS to skip Gibson McCook Relays

first_imgWhen the 41st staging of the Gibson McCook Relays gets under way this Saturday inside the National Stadium, new champions will be crowned in the high school boys Open 4x400m and 4x800m relays as defending champions in both events, St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) will not be attending the meet. The female team, which finished a close second in the Open 4x400m behind Holmwood ,is also out of the meet. Coach Reynaldo Walcott told The STAR that he will be using the break to give his athletes more time to recover and recuperate after last week’s Western Championships. “The Gibson McCook Relays is a prestigious meet on the athletics calendar, but after competing at the Western Championships last Saturday our athletes are fatigued and worn out and definitely need some time to recuperate. Both meets are too close. We definitely have to make a decision like this,” said Walcott, who believes that there are too many back-to-back meets heading into Champs. “We do take the Western Championships very seriously, and it has become more competitive as several of the schools have stepped up big time, and we do not have the numbers like a Kingston College, Calabar, Edwin Allen and Hydel as it is the same athletes, who are competing at these meets. My boys’ squad only has about 30 athletes and we have to prioritise, as following Gibson McCook, there is Carifta Trials, Digicel Grand Prix, and the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, and the Western Championships really took a toll on our athletes,” said Walcott. “Naturally, they (athletes) would be disappointed, but they all understood and had no problem with the decision,” Walcott added. Principal of the institute, Keith Wellington, who is also vice-president at ISSA, backed his coach’s decision. “The decision taken is a coaching one as the coach is the technical person and he knows best, and I have no reason not to support him. With so many meets leading to Champs, the decision is to prioritise,” Wellington said. STETHS last year recorded two close victories over St Jago, and fans were anticipating another exciting duel this year with the likes of Kingston College, Calabar, Jamaica College and Petersfield added to the mix in both events. Following their win at the Western Relays in the 4x400m in 3:13.72, they were the top seed in this event going into Gibson, while their second-place time of 7:42.95 behind Kingston College at the Milo Western Relays in the 4x800m event had them as the second seed in this event.last_img read more