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US committee reports on ruminants as key source of MAP in food

16 July 2010
Technical news (uncommented clippings)
Tags: paratuberculosis, MAP, milk, cheese, water, fruits, vegetables, ground beef

The US National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods has published its review 'Assessment of Food as a Source of Exposure to Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP)'.

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India and Peru have 'negligible' BSE risk

03 June 2010
Technical news (uncommented clippings)
Tags: TSE, OIE, Korea, Panama, India, Peru

At its 78th General Session, the World Organisation for Animal Health OIE has newly recognised India and Peru as having a 'negligible' BSE risk.

The Republic of Korea and Panama were added to the list of countries with 'controlled' BSE risk.

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J. Matern chairs Global Food Safety Initiative

19 February 2010
News on TAFS
Tags: TAFS, members, GFSI

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), managed by The Consumer Goods Forum, announced the appointment of Jürgen Matern, Vice President, Strategic Quality Management at Metro AG and member of TAFS. TAFS congratulates Jürgen Matern to this honourable achievement and looks forward to a fruitful collaboration with GFSI.

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Paper on Swine Influenza and 2009 Pandemic Influenza

10 February 2010
Position Papers
Tags: TAFS, position paper, influenza

TAFS has broadened its scope: besides TSEs and Paratuberculosis, Influenza has been taken up as our third topic. An informational paper on this topic is published on TAFS' website.

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TAFS presents knowledge about Paratuberculosis in novel format

10 February 2010
News on TAFS
Tags: TAFS, paratuberculosis

Knowledge dissemination about transmissible animal diseases and food safety is a key mandate of TAFS. So far, we have done this through public conferences and position papers on our website. Now, TAFS has taken a novel approach and makes the knowledge captured in previous documents available through 'Grasp-It®', a tool that sorts statements into three categories (facts, opinions, assumptions) and makes the semantic relationships betweem them transparent (e.g., opinion x is based on fact y and assumption z).

Go to www.grasp-it.ch to learn more about the approach or start the tool here.

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New member to strengthen consumer perspective at TAFS

04 January 2010
News on TAFS
Tags: TAFS, members

s per January 1st, 2010, TAFS welcomes Professor Dr. Klaus G. Grunert of the Aarhus School of Business, Denmark, as its latest member.

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Possible Transmission of BSE and Scrapie to Fish

30 July 2009
Technical news (commented)
Tags: TSE, fish

A new paper* is addressing the transmissibility of BSE and Scrapie to fish.

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Risk Management Paratuberculosis

02 July 2009
Position Papers
Tags: TAFS, position paper, paratuberculosis

TAFS published its first position paper on a non-TSE animal disease today. It is a recommended risk management plan for paratuberculosis and available for download from the TAFS website.

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