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Jan 09, 2008

Jan 09, 2008

Possible vCJD case in UK may signal more to come

(CIDRAP News) – A British woman who died of a brain disease suggestive of variant Creutzfeld-Jacob disease (vCJD) had a genetic marker not seen in any previous vCJD patients, raising the possibility that her illness represented a new form of the disease that could signal a new wave of infections, according to a recent research report.

Dec 18, 2007

Dec 18, 2007

Canada reports its 11th BSE case

(CIDRAP News) – Canadian officials today reported the country's 11th case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, but said it will not affect Canada's BSE risk status as defined by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Dec 05, 2007

Dec 05, 2007

Report says stingy funding has put FDA in crisis

(CIDRAP News) – Safety inspectors still write their reports by hand, food processing plants are inspected once every 10 years at best, only two people work full-time on pet-food safety, and critical information is locked up in piles of warehoused paper documents.

Sep 18, 2007

Sep 18, 2007

US to end BSE-related ban on older Canadian cattle

(CIDRAP News) – Two months from now, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to open the US border to older Canadian cattle and beef for the first time since bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, emerged in Canada in 2003.

Following through on plans announced in January, the USDA said last week it would lift the restriction on older cattle and beef, along with certain other cattle parts, on Nov 19.

Jul 13, 2007

Jul 13, 2007

Canada widens BSE-related feed ban; US still pondering

(CIDRAP News) – Canada broadened its safeguards against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, yesterday by banning the use of cattle brains, spinal cords, and certain other body parts from all animal feeds, pet foods, and fertilizer.

May 04, 2007

May 04, 2007

Canada reports 10th case of BSE

(CIDRAP News) – Canada recently confirmed its tenth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease—its second of 2007.

Apr 04, 2007

Apr 04, 2007

Canada finishes probe of 9th BSE case

(CIDRAP News) – Canada recently released a report on the investigation of its ninth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, the first case of 2007.

Jan 22, 2007

Jan 22, 2007

Fourth vCJD case linked with blood transfusion in UK

(CIDRAP News) – Health officials in the United Kingdom have found a probable fourth case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) associated with a blood transfusion from someone who unknowingly had the disease.

The case was diagnosed in a patient who received blood 9 years ago from a person who later was found to have vCJD, the UK Health Protection Agency (HPA) said in a Jan 18 statement.

Jan 05, 2007

Jan 05, 2007

US wants to end BSE-linked ban on older Canadian cattle

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday proposed to reopen the US border to older Canadian cattle and beef for the first time since bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) cropped up in Canada in 2003.

Dec 21, 2006

Dec 21, 2006

Canada reaches dead end in BSE probe

(CIDRAP News) – Government investigators were unable to determine where Canada's latest cow infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was born, making it impossible to tell how the animal was exposed to the disease or find other cows that might have been exposed, the Canadian government said this week.

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