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Transmission of prions through aerosols

17 January 2011
Technical news (commented)
Tags: TAFS, technical news, TSE, prion protein

TAFS member A. Aguzzi reports in a recent paper about very efficient transmission of prions by aerosols. This important study adds airborne-transmission to the previous list of (natural or experimental) transmission pathways: food, blood, milk, saliva, feces and urine.

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Summary and simplified version of position paper on feed ban relaxation

14 December 2010
Position Papers
Tags: TAFS, TSE, position paper, feed ban

In addition to the recently published full position paper on a potential relaxation of the feed ban, TAFS has posted today a shortened and simplified version for those who only want to know about the key arguments and take home message. As the full version, the short one is available at http://www.tafsforum.org/tse.html.

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New TAFS Position Paper on Relaxation of Feed Ban

05 November 2010
Position Papers
Tags: TAFS, TSE, position paper

TAFS has published a new position paper, discussing the pros and cons of a potential relaxation of the feed ban that was introduced in the EU and elsewhere to break the BSE infection cycle. The paper lists key requirements that would need to be met before the feed ban for non-ruminants could be relaxed. As these requirements are currently not met TAFS concludes that maintenance of the ban is the only means to drive the level of risk towards zero.
The paper can be downloaded from the TAFS website at http://www.tafsforum.org/tse.html.

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TAFS in European Financial Times on October 14

12 October 2010
News on TAFS
Tags: TAFS, food security

On October 14, the European Financial Times will come with an insert, a 'briefing' of 96 pages on food security. TAFS and its activities are presented on page 42-43. The briefing will also be available at www.feedingthefuture.eu.

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TAFS at Food Safety Conference in Shanghai November

16 September 2010
News on TAFS
Tags: TAFS, China

TAFS will participate in the China International Food Safety & Quality Conference + Expo in Shanghai, November 10-11, 2010. See http://www.chinafoodsafety.com/conference_e.htm for further details. On November 11, we will present our platform in a breakout session (session L, starting at 1:30 pm) under the title "The TAFS Forum - A Platform for Collaboration Across Borders and Sectors". Come and meet us there.

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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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