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EC publishes report "Attitudes of Europeans towards Animal Welfare".

21 March 2016
Technical news (commented)
Tags: TAFS, animal welfare

The Eurobarometer report may be downloaded here.

TAFS will launch a project on animal welfare soon. Let us know if you wish to join the team.

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First case of BSE in Brazil may be atypical

09 December 2012
Technical news (commented)
Tags: TSE, cattle, Brazil

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is reporting the first case of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Brazil and says that it "may be atypical". The affected animal was a beef breeding cow of almost 13 years of age at the time of death (December 2010).

Brazil is still recognized by the OIE as having a negligible BSE risk in accordance with Chapter 11.5. of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code.

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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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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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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 Münster 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.

TAFS members: please log in to read our comments on this paper.

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Schmallenberg virus causing ruminant disease in Germany and The Netherlands

27 December 2011
Technical news (commented)
Tags: technical news, cattle, insect, Schmallenberg, virus, lamb, sheep, Germany, Netherlands

A new virus has been detected in Germany and The Netherlands and is suspected to be the cause of disease and abortions in cattle and sheep. The virus has been called Schmallenberg virus (SBV) preliminarily, after the German city where the identified strain was sampled. The risk for humans seems to be low, but significant uncertainties exist.

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Who should pay to make ground beef safe from E. coli?

02 December 2011
Technical news (commented)
Tags: beef, E.coli, economics

The debate as to who should pay for food safety is a good one to have as it indicates that the problem has moved from the technological to the economic level. This may not be entirely the case with Shigatoxin-producing E. coli, but it is good to learn about advances in this field.

See http://www.usatoday.com for a recent article on the topic.

See the full news article for interpretation and comment.

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High prevalence of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (‘Indian bison type’) in animal attendants suffering from gastrointestinal complaints who work with goat herds endemic for Johne's disease in India

25 November 2011
Technical news (commented)
Tags: paratuberculosis, India, mycobacterium

Singh, A.V., Singh, S.V., Singh, P.K., Sohal, J.S., Singh, M.K. (2011)

Journal of Infectious Diseases; Volume 15, Issue 10 , Pages e677-e683, October 2011

"Conclusions: The prevalence of MAP was higher in attendants suffering from gastrointestinal problems who worked with goat herds endemic for Johne's disease, than in humans with no history of contact with animals. The risk of developing gastrointestinal problems with clinical symptoms indistinguishable from inflammatory bowel disease was higher in humans who were in contact with goat herds endemic for Johne's disease as compared to healthy humans, and the risk was correlated with the duration of association with the endemic goat herds."

(C) 2011 International Society for Infectious Diseases.

See the full news article for interpretation.

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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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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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