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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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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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Fourth case of BSE found in USA

25 April 2012
Technical news (uncommented clippings)
BSE in USA
Tags: TSE, cattle, USA

USDA announced the identification of the fourth case of BSE in the USA. The cow was found dead on a dairy farm in central California and tested for BSE before the carcass would be released for rendering. Initial test results were inconclusive, but retesting by USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, using immunohistochemistry and western blots confirmed atypical BSE.

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