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

02 December 2011 | Technical news (commented)

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.

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TAGS beef, E.coli, economics

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)

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.

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TAGS paratuberculosis, India, mycobacterium

Novel Prion Protein in BSE-Affected Cattle, Switzerland

22 November 2011 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

T. Seuberlich et al. (including our member D. Heim) report about the finding of a novel prion protein in two BSE-affected cattle. In April and May 2011, two cows were found BSE-positive by Western Blotting. Their PrPres phenotypes falls in none of the three previously described categories, C-BSE, H-BSE or L-BSE.

The significance of this finding is unclear.

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TAGS TSE, cattle, Switzerland

World Bank and TAFS forum co-publish "World Livestock Disease Atlas"

03 November 2011 | Official publications

The World Bank and the TAFS forum have joined forces and co-published a "World Livestock Disease Atlas". It contains a comprehensive, quantitative analysis of OIE and FAO data on global livestock populations and their losses due to reportable diseases. The atlas is available in hardcopy as well as downloadable from the TAFS forum website.

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TAGS TAFS, OIE, FAO, livestock

TAFS involved in GRF One Health Summit 2012

05 October 2011 | News on TAFS

In February 2012 the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos holds an international health conference in Davos, Switzerland. The first GRF One Health Summit 2012 will contribute to advancing the concept of “One Health”, striving for intensive collaboration among all stakeholders related to public health. Such an approach acknowledges the systemic interconnections of human, animal and environmental health in close relation with food safety and security and will ensure sustainable public health in an era of climate change, resource depletion, land degradation, hunger and socio-economic development challenges.

The call for contributions for the GRF One Health Summit 2012 is now open. You are invited to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation relating to the topics of the conference. Representatives from the medical sciences, natural and social sciences, the health workforce as well as the pharma-, food- and insurance-industry are particularly addressed to register.

For further information please visit http://onehealth.grforum.org

The TAFS forum is involved in the planning and organization of the conference. We are currently working out what exactly our role will be.

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TAGS TAFS, GRF, One Health

Cargill recalls 36 million pounds of ground turkey

09 August 2011 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

Ground turkey

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TAGS turkey salmonella recall

Two new members

06 April 2011 | News on TAFS

They arrived as guests at our latest meeting and left as new members: TAFS warmly welcomes Caspar von der Crone from the European Egg, Poultry and Game Association (EPEGA) and Dr. Hugo Seemer from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica GmbH. We look forward to working with you towards healthier animals and safer food.

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TAGS TAFS, members

Transmission of prions through aerosols

17 January 2011 | Technical news (commented)

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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TAGS TAFS, technical news, TSE, prion protein
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