Of the 17 other cattle from the Canadian birth herd (these heifers are not part of the original 81 animals and it is not known how many of the 17 actually entered the United States). To date, seven animals have been identified in the United States:
- 3 were at a facility in Quincy, WA.
- 1 was at a facility in Boardman, OR.
- 1 was at a facility in Othello, WA.
- 1 was at a facility in Burley, ID
- 1 was at the second facility in Mabton, WA
USDA has conducted selective depopulation activities at these facilities:
Sunnyside, WA (bull calf premises) – a total of 449 animals depopulated
Mabton, WA (index premises)– a total of 131 animals depopulated
Mattawa, WA – a total of 39 animals depopulated
Connell, WA – a total of 15 animals depopulated
Boardman, OR – a total of 20 animals depopulated
Quincy, WA – a total of 18 animals depopulated
Tenino, WA – a total of 4 animals depopulated
Moxee, WA – a total of 15 animals depopulated
Othello, WA – a total of 3 animals depopulated
Burley, ID – a total of 7 animals depopulated
Mabton, WA (second premises) – a total of 3 animals depopulated
All adult animals depopulated were sampled and tested for BSE. The bull calves depopulated at Sunnyside, WA, were not sampled because they were too young for the BSE agent to be detected. There have been a total of 255 samples taken from the animals depopulated in the Mabton index herd, the herds in Mattawa, Connell, Quincy, Tenino, Moxee, Othello, and the second Mabton facility, as well as facilities in Boardman, OR, and Burley, ID. All samples have tested negative for BSE.
International Review Subcommittee Report
The report from the International Review Subcommittee was delivered to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Foreign Animal and Poultry Diseases last Wednesday morning, Feb 4th. That same afternoon, the Co-chairs of the Advisory Committee and members of the Subcommittee provided the Secretary of copy of the report and briefed her on its content.
The International Team commended the Secretary on the open and transparent manner in which this investigation was conducted and the manner in which their findings were reported to the public and media.
The report identified several positive findings and actions taken by the US since finding this BSE positive cow:
- They commended the Department on the comprehensive and thorough epidemiological investigation, and suggested all relevant information had been obtained at this point. Their recommendation to conclude the investigation is consistent with the actions we have taken to do just that.
- They stated that the tracing and recall of the rendered meat and bone meal (MBM) that may have been contaminated with specified risk materials from the index case was effective and appropriate.
- They indicated that the U.S. ban on SRMs from cattle over 30 months of age removes the highest risk tissues from the human food supply and is in accordance with international standards
- The Subcommittee confirmed the action taken by the Secretary in her Dec. 30th announcement to prohibit air injection stunning for slaughter animals.
- In addition, the Subcommittee confirmed the validity of the Secretary’s announcement to prohibit Advanced Meat Recovery (or AMR) and mechanically separated meat from cattle over 30 months.
- The Subcommittee recognized the food safety merit of prohibiting nonambulatory cattle from entering the human food supply, while cautioning the challenges this action presents to our surveillance efforts.
- They confirmed that the testing of all normal cattle slaughtered for human consumption to be scientifically unjustified, both in terms of protecting human and animal health.
- They recommended the adoption of rapid screening tests, which is consistent with the Department’s announcement to accept applications for licensure of such tests.
- The Subcommittee acknowledged the importance of effective animal identification and traceability systems, again consistent with the Secretary’s announcement to accelerate the implementation of such a plan within the US.
- The subcommittee acknowledged the efforts of the US government to follow a science-based approach to policy formulation.
- They also recognized the US efforts to act responsibly with regard to containment and proper destruction of risk materials in order to protect human health, animal health, and the environment