The European Food Safety Agency EFSA has published a Scientific Opinion on the zoonotic potential of Scrapie in response to an earlier paper that had looked into the same issue (Comoy, E. E. et al. Transmission of scrapie prions to primate after an extended silent incubation period. Sci. Rep. 5, 11573; doi: 10.1038/srep11573 (2015)).
The EFSA report concludes that the paper cannot be regarded as providing evidence of the zoonotic potential for scrapie in field conditions.
The IDF summit is one of the leading gatherings of and for dairy specialists and decision-makers in all dairy related fields
The TAFS forum will hold its 27th meeting as an open meeting at the EXPO 2015 in Milano on September 2-3.
The topic is 'Risks and opportunities for a sustainable dairy chain'.
To learn more about the event and register please see http://tafsforum.org/open-meeting-2015
A look ahead: the next ten years for the dairy value chain
What lies ahead for the dairy value chain? At its upcoming Open Meeting, the TAFS Forum on Trust in Animals & Food Safety will gather its membership joined by selected external invitees in order to explore risks and opportunities for a sustainable dairy chain 2015-2025. Experts from within and outside TAFS will systematically analyse and structure driving forces and uncertainties affecting physical (e.g., farm land, veterinary drugs, clean water) and non-physical (e.g., farm economics, consumer trust) components of the dairy system. The future scenarios resulting from this exercise will enable participants at the meeting to identify and assess both: risks that may threaten the functioning of the dairy chain and opportunities for mitigation and innovation. The group of participants coming from diverse parts of the value chain will work together under safe-house rules in a carefully designed and facilitated participatory process. This Open Meeting provides a unique opportunity to discover business-relevant insights within the dairy value chain.
To learn more: download the hand-out on the Open Meeting
TAFS member Michael Collins summarizes the story of 'One Health - MAP - Crohn's Disease' in language readily understood by non-scientists on beststory.ca. The website charges 40 US Cent for access to the story, the value of which goes far beyond.
Also recommended for watching: Crohn's Controversy: Cause, Vaccine and Anti-MAP Therapy by Phil Nicholson. http://youtu.be/4CELZLY2X9c
TAFS publishes short summary of H5N8 outbreaks in Europe.
It may be downloaded here: http://tafsforum.org/influenza.html
The Encyclopedia of Food Safety has been published by Elsevier. See the flyer for further information.
The Encyclopedia contains a brief description of the TAFS forum in Volume 4 under Food Safety Management/Institutions involved in Food Safety.
TAFS member Prof. Adriano Aguzzi explains latest research on how the flexible tail of the prion protein poisons brain cells.
Watch the video here.
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