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New Synopsis on Chronic Wasting Disease in USA

24 February 2012
Technical news (uncommented clippings)
Tags: TSE, CWD, USA

A new synopsis in EID by Saunders et al. summarizes 'Occurrence, Transmission, and Zoonotic Potential of Chronic Wasting Disease'.

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Goodbye to 'tseandfoodsafety'

06 February 2012
News on TAFS
Tags: TAFS

The former domain name of TAFS, tseandfoodsafety.org, had been in parallel use with our current domain tafsforum.org for a while, but has now been put out of service. Please make sure that your bookmarks and address books are in sync.

 

In the course of changing email servers, there is a small chance that any emails you wrote between Friday (February 3) and Saturday night to tafsforum.org - what else would you do on a Friday night? - might be lost. Please check if any mails bounced back to you and resend if needed.

 

We can now be reached again at ulrich.sperling@tafsforum.org or info@tafsforum.org.

 

Apologies for the inconvenience.

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MaP makes spores

31 January 2012
Technical news (commented)
Tags: paratuberculosis, MAP

Lamont et al. report observing MaP cultures going into a 'spore-like morphotype' under stress conditions. This has important implications for strategies to control MaP.

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compilation of studies on MAP in food and water published

23 January 2012
Technical news (uncommented clippings)
Tags: paratuberculosis, MAP

Long awaited, a key reference in our 'Recommended Risk Management Plan for Paratuberculosis' has finally become available online. You can find the paper 'Assessment of Sources of Exposure for Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis in Food and Water' by Mihajlovic et al. in Int. food risk anal. j., 2011, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1-22, here. The paper represents another compilation of studies on MAP in food and water.

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MAP in diaphragm and masseter of dairy cattle

10 January 2012
Technical news (commented)
Tags: paratuberculosis, MAP, cattle, dairy, intestine, masseter, diaphragm

Pribylova et al. report finding MaP bacteria in intestine (used for sausage casings), masseter (chewing muscle) and diaphragm of dairy cattle. They state that "due to the changing behaviour of consumers, both of these muscles have started to be widely used in cuisine" and suggest that "processing of cows with paratuberculosis in abattoirs without any precautions (restrictions) and the usage of meat for human consumption should be rethought."

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Detection of MaP ... collected from elderly slaughter cows ... by M√ľnster et al.

09 January 2012
Technical news (commented)
Tags: technical news, paratuberculosis, MAP, cattle, Germany

Münster et al. report finding about 17% of a random sample of German cattle MaP positive.

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Cows get stressed when separated from best friends

30 December 2011
Technical news (uncommented clippings)
Tags: cattle, welfare

Cows have best friends and become stressed if they are separated, according to a scientist. Read the full article under the hyperlink above.


Wishing all TAFS forum members and everybody following our newsletter that you will have plenty of opportunity to see your best friends in 2012.

Best wishes,

Uli Sperling

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New tainted milk scandal in China

28 December 2011
Technical news (uncommented clippings)
Tags: China, milk, aflatoxin

High levels of aflatoxin M1 have been found in a batch of milk before release for sales by China Mengniu Dairy Group and created a new scare, following the contamination of milk with melamine in 2008.

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