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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

Summary and simplified version of position paper on feed ban relaxation

14 December 2010 | Position Papers

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.

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TAGS TAFS, TSE, position paper, feed ban

New TAFS Position Paper on Relaxation of Feed Ban

05 November 2010 | Position Papers

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.

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TAGS TAFS, TSE, position paper

TAFS in European Financial Times on October 14

12 October 2010 | News on TAFS

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.

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TAGS TAFS, food security
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