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Avian influenza: Commission strengthens preparedness with new biosecurity rules for poultry farms at risk

23 August 2018 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

Today [released August 10], the Commission adopted a Decision which lays down harmonised risk mitigation and reinforced biosecurity measures in relation to avian influenza, to prevent virus introduction by contacts with infected wild birds. This will step up preparedness and prevention ahead of the winter season. The Decision is based on EFSA's recent scientific opinion and Member States' experiences with past epidemics. It will enhance Member States' capacities to deal with crisis situations, while giving the required flexibility built on a modern risk-based approach. The measures blend perfectly with the 'One Health approach' towards diseases affecting animals and possibly humans.

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TAGS TAFS, avian influenza, biosecurity

RedHill BioPharma has positive results from anti-MAP Crohn’s disease trial

22 August 2018 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

First reported by Reuters, Tel Aviv, July 30:

Israel's RedHill Biopharma said on Monday it had positive safety and efficacy results from a late-stage clinical trial with its treatment for Crohn's disease called RHB-104.

The study met its primary endpoint and key secondary endpoints, demonstrating the drug's superiority over a placebo in achieving remission of the gastrointestinal disease at week 26, the company said in a statement. 

"The proportion of patients meeting the primary endpoint was significantly greater in the RHB-104 group compared to placebo," RedHill said. 

Patients treated with RHB-104 also experienced a statistically significant benefit in achieving early remission at week 16 and in durable remission over weeks 16-52. 

RHB-104 was found to be generally safe and well tolerated, said the company, which is focused on proprietary drugs for gastrointestinal diseases. 

"Many patients with Crohn’s disease do not achieve remission on current standard-of-care therapies, which are accompanied with poor side effects," said David Graham, lead investigator of the Phase III study. 

"RHB-104 appears to have the potential to become a promising, new, orally administered therapy for this important debilitating disease." 

RHB-104 is a proprietary, antibiotic combination therapy that is based on the hypothesis that Crohn’s disease is caused by a bacterial infection in susceptible patients called Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP). 

Comment [by Johnes.org; highlighting by TAFS]: If the final published results of this trial are consistent with the claims in this press release, it represents a final piece of evidence indicating that MAP is a cause of Crohn’s disease. This would heighten the need for veterinary medicine, animal agriculture, and relevant governmental agencies concerned with food safety to limit contamination of food and water by MAP.

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TAGS TAFS, technical news, paratuberculosis, MAP, food safety, Crohn's

7 Companies Launch Global Coalition for Animal Welfare

07 August 2018 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

Seven global food firms—Nestlé, Unilever, Ikea Food Services, Aramark, Compass Group, Elior Group, and Sodexo—have joined forces to create the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare (GCAW).

The new coalition is being called one of the world’s first global food industry-led groups focused on accelerating the development of animal welfare standards.

freerange chicken

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TAGS TAFS, welfare, industry, animal welfare

Factoring Chinese consumers’ risk perceptions into their willingness to pay for pork safety, environmental stewardship, and animal welfare

14 December 2017 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

65% of consumers in Beijing [74% in Shanghai] believe that animals (pigs) treated well are safer (to eat).

70% [71%] believe that animals treated well taste better.

Is the market listening?

More details, also on willingness to pay, under http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956713517304668

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TAGS China, food safety, animal welfare, pig, pork

Global hotspots and correlates of emerging zoonotic diseases

03 November 2017 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

Ecohealth Alliance publishes updated and improved map of emerging infectious disesases (EIDs). India and eastern China light up brightly, along with southern Japan, and certain zones in western Europe and elsewhere. This is where surveillance should be focused on.

Read the entire article here
TAGS risk, zoonoses

Fico Italy World to open soon

17 October 2017 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

The world's largest agri-food park will open soon just outside Bologna. Looks like a must visit for all lovers of great food.

 

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TAGS TAFS, milk, fish, eggs, meat, food, Italy

EU: Brazilian meat inspection ‘compromised’

12 October 2017 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

Brazil’s food safety controls for poultry and horsemeat fall short of the standards needed to ensure produce hits EU trade rules, an audit has found.

Read the entire article here: https://www.globalmeatnews.com/Article/2017/10/11/EU-Brazilian-meat-inspection-compromised

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TAGS food safety, Brazil, meat, slaughterhouse

The Consensus from the Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis (MAP) Conference 2017

03 October 2017 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

On March 24 and 25, 2017 researchers and clinicians from around the world met at Temple University in Philadelphia to discuss the current knowledge of Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis (MAP) and its relationship to human disease. The conference was held because of shared concern that MAP is a zoonotic bacterium that poses a threat not only to animal health but also human health.

Read the full paper here: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpubh.2017.00208/full

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TAGS TAFS, paratuberculosis, MAP, milk, cattle, food safety

TAFS publishes short summary of H5N8 outbreaks in Europe

19 December 2014 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

TAFS publishes short summary of H5N8 outbreaks in Europe.

It may be downloaded here: http://tafsforum.org/influenza.html

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TAGS influenza, H5N8, turkey

The flexible tail of the prion protein poisons brain cells

05 August 2013 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

TAFS member Prof. Adriano Aguzzi explains latest research on how the flexible tail of the prion protein poisons brain cells.

Watch the video here.

Read the entire article here
TAGS members, TSE, prion protein

New paper: Bluetongue Disease Risk Assessment Based on Observed and Projected Culicoides obsoletus spp. Vector Densities

29 April 2013 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

TAFS members Katharina Brugger and Franz Rubel have published a new paper entitled "Bluetongue Disease Risk Assessment Based on Observed and Projected Culicoides obsoletus spp. Vector Densities". Congratulations!

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TAGS members, cattle, bluetongue, risk assessment, vector

Livestock falling ill in fracking regions

06 December 2012 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

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.

Read the entire article here
TAGS livestock, USA, food safety

'The Prion Puzzle' by A. Aguzzi in 'Project Syndicate'

29 October 2012 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

Please see the summary article 'The Prion Puzzle' on BSE and other prion diseases by our member Professor Adriano Aguzzi on the website of 'Project Syndicate'.

Read the entire article here
TAGS TSE, prion protein, vCJD

Irish Johnes eradication plan to start in January 2013

07 June 2012 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

A national programme to eradicate Johne's Disease (Paratuberculosis) will start in Ireland next January.

The disease is said to be 'a major cause for concern for dairy processors supplying product into the infant formula market', but beef processors are also believed to be 'anxious to tackle the issue'.

Read the entire article here
TAGS paratuberculosis, milk, beef, dairy, Ireland

The Direct Relationship between Animal Health and Food Safety Outcomes

10 May 2012 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

In a commentary paper published this month, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) discusses "The Direct Relationship between Animal Health and Food Safety Outcomes".

Read the entire article here
TAGS food safety, animal health

Algorithm for Assessing the Risk to Food Safety Posed by a New Animal Disease

07 May 2012 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

Parker et al. have published the description on an "Algorithm for Assessing the Risk to Food Safety Posed by a New Animal Disease". Their approach is strikingly similar to the one taken regularly by TAFS to assess food safety risks.

 

Parker, E. M., Jenson, I., Jordan, D. and Ward, M. P. (2012), Development of an Algorithm for Assessing the Risk to Food Safety Posed by a New Animal Disease. Zoonoses and Public Health, 59: 184–192. doi: 10.1111/j.1863-2378.2011.01431.x

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TAGS paratuberculosis, MAP, risk

Fourth case of BSE found in USA

25 April 2012 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

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.

BSE in USA
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TAGS TSE, cattle, USA

President of CSU call for 'common ground' - TAFS forum delivers it

02 April 2012 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

Dr. Anthony A. Frank, president of Colorado State University, called for 'common ground', addressing participants of the NIAA (National Institute for Animal Agriculture) annual conference in Denver, Colorado (March 26 - 29, 2012).

The TAFS forum delivers exactly that.

Read the entire article here
TAGS TAFS, USA, consumers, regulators, producers, academia

First Report of vCJD in Turkey - Diagnosis unlikely

20 March 2012 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

After a recent report about a 'probable variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease' case, the EUROCJD group replies in a public letter why it considers the diagnosis 'unlikely'. The group states that 'the diagnosis of vCJD cannot be regarded as correct unless there is neuropathological verification of this diagnosis'.

Read the entire article here
TAGS TSE, vCJD

CDC research shows outbreaks linked to imported foods increasing

15 March 2012 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

Fish and spices the most common sources

Read full article here.

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TAGS fish, USA, spices, outbreak

New Synopsis on Chronic Wasting Disease in USA

24 February 2012 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

A new synopsis in EID by Saunders et al. summarizes 'Occurrence, Transmission, and Zoonotic Potential of Chronic Wasting Disease'.

Read the entire article here
TAGS TSE, CWD, USA

compilation of studies on MAP in food and water published

23 January 2012 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

Long awaited, a key reference in our 'Recommended Risk Management Plan for Paratuberculosis' has finally become available online. You can find the paper 'Assessment of Sources of Exposure for Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis in Food and Water' by Mihajlovic et al. in Int. food risk anal. j., 2011, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1-22, here. The paper represents another compilation of studies on MAP in food and water.

Read the entire article here
TAGS paratuberculosis, MAP

Cows get stressed when separated from best friends

30 December 2011 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

Cows have best friends and become stressed if they are separated, according to a scientist. Read the full article under the hyperlink above.


Wishing all TAFS forum members and everybody following our newsletter that you will have plenty of opportunity to see your best friends in 2012.

Best wishes,

Uli Sperling

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TAGS cattle, welfare

New tainted milk scandal in China

28 December 2011 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

High levels of aflatoxin M1 have been found in a batch of milk before release for sales by China Mengniu Dairy Group and created a new scare, following the contamination of milk with melamine in 2008.

Read the entire article here
TAGS China, milk, aflatoxin

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.

Read the entire article here
TAGS TSE, cattle, Switzerland

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

US committee reports on ruminants as key source of MAP in food

16 July 2010 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

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)'.

Read the entire article here
TAGS paratuberculosis, MAP, milk, cheese, water, fruits, vegetables, ground beef

India and Peru have 'negligible' BSE risk

03 June 2010 | Technical news (uncommented clippings)

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.

Read the entire article here
TAGS TSE, OIE, Korea, Panama, India, Peru
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