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USDA awaits further testing in possible BSE case

first_img The USDA had tested 5,668 cattle for BSE from Jun 1 through 21, according to APHIS figures. The agency says it has 99% confidence of detecting BSE at a level of one case in 10 million cattle if it tests 268,000 cattle during the expanded screening program. “The inconclusive result does not mean we have found another case of BSE in this country,” Clifford stated. “Inconclusive results are a normal component of most screening tests, which are designed to be extremely sensitive so they will detect any sample that could possibly be positive” (italics in original). See also: He added that some inconclusive results are expected in screening test programs, since screening tests “are designed to cast a very wide net.” Tissue samples from the animal were sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, for the confirmatory testing, Clifford said. Clifford said the USDA “remains confident in the safety of the US beef supply.” The ban on putting “specified risk materials”—tissues most likely to carry the BSE agent in an infected animal—into the food supply would protect the public if any more BSE cases were found in the United States, he said.center_img Jun 28, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture reported an “inconclusive,” or preliminary positive, test result in its screening program for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) Jun 25 and is awaiting confirmatory test results. The inconclusive result was the first since the USDA expanded its BSE testing program Jun 1 in an effort to test more than 200,000 cattle over the next 12 to 18 months. In announcing the finding, Dr. John Clifford, deputy administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), said confirmatory tests would be completed in 4 to 7 days. Because the confirmatory tests could be negative, Clifford did not report the age, breed, or sex of the animal involved, the laboratory that did the screening test, or where the animal came from. He said the animal did not enter the human food supply or animal feed. Jun 25 USDA statementhttp://www.usda.gov/Newsroom/0263.04.htmllast_img read more

Syracuse falls 7-0 to Georgia Tech, its 4th loss in last 5 matches

first_img Published on March 11, 2016 at 7:54 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Related Stories Cracking the code: How a snack propelled Syracuse to its highest ranking in program historyDina Hegab transitions from clay courts to hard courts and is off to an 8-2 start in singles play No. 30 Syracuse’s (8-4, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) midseason slide continued on Friday afternoon when it was shutout by No. 34 Georgia Tech (8-5, 3-1), 7-0.After winning its first seven matches, the Orange has lost four of its last five. Friday afternoon’s matchup at Ken Byers Tennis Complex in Atlanta was also SU’s third straight loss.The Orange didn’t tally a single win on Friday and in its last three matches — all of them losses — Syracuse has only one win in singles play.SU’s one bright spot came when Valeria Salazar and Gabriela Knutson took a 3-1 lead. But the pair dropped the next five games and fell 3-6, giving the Yellow Jackets the doubles point. Before the loss, the No. 26 doubles team of Salazar and Knutson was 5-0 in the ACC and 6-0 overall.To make it 2-0, freshman Dina Hegab, who began the year 8-0 in singles, lost 2-6, 2-6. It’s her third straight singles loss.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Yellow Jackets claimed a 3-0 lead when Salazar fell 0-6, 4-6. To clinch the match and make it 4-0, Georgia Tech’s Johnnise Renaud beat No. 45 singles player Anna Shkudun, 1-6, 5-7. Shkudun has lost four of her last five singles matches.Since joining the ACC, the Orange is 0-3 versus Georgia Tech.On Sunday, Syracuse continues its stretch of road matches at Clemson. First serve is at 10 a.m. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more