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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

Moser Engineering awards go to IMCA Modified, Stock, Hobby, SportMod drivers

first_imgPORTLAND, Ind. – More than $10,000 in Moser Engineering product certificates will be awarded again this season to IMCA drivers.The Portland, Ind., rear end components manufacturer and 13-year sponsor has renewed a program benefitting competitors in five divisions and in designated special events.“Across the span of four decades Moser Engineering has always been a leader in the industry when it comes to giving back to the racers who helped us build our brand,” Moser Marketing Director Jeff Anderson said. “We are proud to continue that legacy again this year with the IMCA by helping the racers and their families who continue to help this sport grow today.”Runners-up in each of the five Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified regions and in both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions earn $300 product certificates; second place finishers in standings for the two IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks regions and in national standings for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods receive $200 certificates.Those awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November.One hundred dollar product certificates go to designated place finishers at 80 selected specials for the same five divisions. Those awards are mailed from the IMCA home office within a week after official race results are received.Information about Moser products is available by calling 260 726-6689, on Facebook and at the www.moserengineering.com website.“With champions receiving the lion’s share of the recognition, having a program in place like Moser’s to recognize the drivers in the runner-up position is great,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder commented. “Those racers compete just as hard and Moser rewards that effort with quality gift certificates.”last_img read more