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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)'.
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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