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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

Pelican Bay Marina Dredging Project Completed

first_imgThe Pelican Bay Marina dredging project has been completed, according to the Utah Lake Commission.The commission yesterday announced that the Saratoga Springs City Marina is now open.Last year’s 26-year low water at Utah Lake left the City Marina high and dry, as well as the most other marinas in the area that were mostly inaccessible by mid-summer.As a proactive city, Saratoga Springs decided to dredge 3-4 feet off the bottom of their marina to allow for improved access in the future even those low water years like 2016.“In the beginning the dredging works focused only inside the marina due to the spawning of the endangered June Sucker, which typically happens between April 10th to June 19th,” said Owen Jackson, Assistant City Manager of Saratoga Springs. After June 19th the dredging works continued outside the marina.The total cost of the dredging and hauling off the material was $488,600.last_img read more

Parents and schools need to do more to combat porn’s influence

first_imgNZ Herald 8 March 2017Family First Comment: Not only the responsibility of parents and schools. The government needs to step up with filtering and policies to support and back up parents. Parents and schools need to do more to combat the pervasive influence pornography has on young people, according to a visiting Australian expert.Maree Crabbe, who studies the effects of cyber bullying, sexting and pornography, told hundreds of parents at a workshop at Otago Boys’ High School auditorium last night that pornography was giving young people a “distorted view” of what was normal.By far the majority of young people had been exposed to pornography online by the age of 16 and, increasingly, porn was becoming the main source of sex education, Ms Crabbe said.“They are even creating it themselves, using the sorts of devices that young people have access to every day.”Worryingly, pornography was becoming increasingly aggressive and often included degrading and violent acts against women.This was changing many young people’s attitudes and expectations towards sex and giving people a “distorted view” of what was normal.“It’s a pretty disturbing model of normal.”There was also evidence pornography consumption was linked with violence against women.To combat its influence, schools and parents needed to talk to their children about pornography, even if it was “awkward”.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11814253Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more