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06 December 2012
News on TAFS
Tags: TAFS, members

Having attended the latest TAFS meeting as guests, Prof. Franz Rubel and Assist.-Prof. Katharina Brugger have decided to become members of the TAFS forum. They are both working at the Biometeorology & Mathematical Epidemiology Group, Institute for Veterinary Public Health at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria and are specialists in the epidemiology and modelling of mosquito-borne diseases.

Welcome!

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Livestock falling ill in fracking regions

06 December 2012
Technical news (uncommented clippings)
Tags: livestock, USA, food safety

A news article published by NBC News reports on suspected toxicological effects of chemicals used by the petrol industry for 'fracking'. Available data are insufficient for proper risk assessment. The issue involves livestock, humans, and the environment and hence calls for a 'One Health' approach.

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TAFS forum endorses 'Safe Feed Cattle' Program of Zensho

08 November 2012
News on TAFS
Tags: TAFS, members, TSE, feed ban

Zensho Holdings, a member of the TAFS forum, Ltd., has conceptualized and designed its ‘Safe Feed Cattle (SFC)’ program as an accreditation system for enhancing the safety of the beef products served to its customers. 


The TAFS forum has carefully reviewed the SFC program of Zensho Holdings, Ltd., and concludes that it is a science-based program suitable to enhance the safety of beef products. The TAFS forum acknowledges Zensho Holdings’ contribution to the protection of its consumers and endorses its SFC Program.

 

A letter of endorsement was handed over to Zensho's President Ogawa in Tokyo on October 26th.

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'The Prion Puzzle' by A. Aguzzi in 'Project Syndicate'

29 October 2012
Technical news (uncommented clippings)
Tags: TSE, prion protein, vCJD

Please see the summary article 'The Prion Puzzle' on BSE and other prion diseases by our member Professor Adriano Aguzzi on the website of 'Project Syndicate'.

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Survey underlines need for minimizing secondary human exposure to prions

16 August 2012
Official publications
Tags: TSE, vCJD

The Health Protection Agency of the UK has released its summary results of the second national survey of abnormal prion prevalence in archived appendix specimens. The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) TSE Risk Assessment Subgroup published a comment on the these results in a position paper.

 

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BSE in Califormia in April was isolated but likely not unique

06 August 2012
Technical news (commented)
BSE in USA
Tags: TSE, USA

A final investigation summary into the Californian case of BSE in April this year has been published by FDA. The BSE case is confirmed to have been 'isolated', but there is no reason to assume it was unique.

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Two new important reports on zoonotic diseases

05 July 2012
Official publications
Tags: One Health, economics, zoonoses

Two new important reports on zoonotic diseases and options to address them (‘One Health’) have  been published online. Both of them list the World Bank/TAFS livestock disease atlas  in their references, underlining the usefulness of our work.

The reports will be presented in detail at the next TAFS meeting.

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GFSI and TAFS forum start collaboration

15 June 2012
News on TAFS
Tags: TAFS, GFSI, food safety

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and the TAFS forum have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to start collaborating on animal health and food safety matters.

GFSI will profit from the TAFS forum’s expertise in risk assessment and risk communication on animal health issues that are of relevance to food safety, whereas the TAFS forum gets access to a channel for implementation of its analyses. The combination of the two creates an integrated system of animal health and food safety issue management.

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