USDA to run more tests in possible BSE case

first_img See also: Most cattle tested in the USDA’s BSE surveillance program are animals that can’t walk or that show signs of disease when they arrive at a slaughterhouse; they are diverted and brain samples are sent to laboratories for screening tests. Clifford explained that as an extension of the surveillance program, “accredited private veterinarians, who often visit farms in remote areas, collect samples when warranted.” Calling the original IHC test on the sample “nondefinitive,” Clifford said it revealed some staining indicating the abnormal prion protein associated with BSE, but it “did not match a normal pattern” for BSE. He said the USDA decided to run additional IHC tests at its national laboratory in Ames, Iowa, and also send samples to the BSE reference lab in Weybridge, England. Results are expected next week. “The carcass of this animal was destroyed, therefore there is absolutely no risk to human or animal health from this animal,” Clifford said. He said the veterinarian preserved the sample in formalin, which is suitable for the immunohistochemistry (IHC) test for BSE but rules out the use of rapid screening tests and the Western blot test. Use of the preservative was permitted under USDA guidelines at the time, but the protocols were changed in June to require that samples be sent in while still fresh. Since June, USDA policy calls for using both IHC and Western blot testing to confirm BSE when screening tests are inconclusive. Jul 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Federal officials said yesterday that testing of a 12-year-old cow yielded possible signs of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and that further tests are being conducted to clarify whether the disease was present. Statement by Dr. John Clifford of USDA “As we have previously experienced, it is possible for an IHC test to yield differing results depending on the ‘slice’ of tissue that is tested,” Clifford stated. “Therefore, scientists at our laboratory and at Weybridge will run the IHC test on additional ‘slices’ of tissue from this animal to determine whether or not it was infected with BSE.”center_img If tests confirm the disease, it would be the third BSE case found in the United States. The first case surfaced in a Canadian-born cow in Washington state in 2003, the second in a Texas cow that died last November, though the disease was not confirmed until last month. The carcass was destroyed and did not enter the human food or animal feed chain, said Dr. John Clifford, chief veterinarian for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). He did not disclose where the cow lived. Transcript of Jul 27 USDA news briefing!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2005/07/0280.xml The cow died of calving complications on a farm in April, Clifford said. A private veterinarian took a sample of brain tissue but forgot to send it to the USDA for testing until last week, he explained. He said it appears that the cow was born in the United States. Because BSE has not been confirmed, officials have not imposed a quarantine on the farm. Given the cow’s age, it was born years before the government banned the use of cattle protein in cattle feed in 1997. Cattle contract the disease by consuming protein from infected animals.last_img read more

Mulroy Woods earns accolade as a ‘Great Place to Stay and Eat’

first_imgMulroy Woods Hotel Milford has been awarded another incredible accolade  – the Hotel is now listed in “Lucinda O’Sullivan’s Little Black Book of Great Places to Stay and Eat in Ireland”. Lucinda O’Sullivan is Ireland’s most widely read food and hospitality critic and through her ‘Little Black Book’ she shares her unprecedented knowledge of the Irish Tourism and Food Industry. Lucinda is totally unsponsored by any organisation or body, she is free to include whom she feels she can personally recommend. Mulroy Woods Management Team: Shaun Boyle, Darren Mc Cann, Kasia Mastyna, Patricia Kelly (Owner), Donagh Mc Closkey, Siobhán Barrett-Doherty, Lee Vambeck Owners Marty & Patricia Kelly are absolutely delighted, “We are totally overwhelmed to be in receipt of the Lucinda O’Sullivan recommendation. It’s more of an honour as the Hotel is only two years in business, we are a highly committed and invested team and are proud to say that we are going from strength to strength. “This is a very prestigious Little Black Book to be part of and it is testimony to the continued efforts of our hard working team. Inspectors came to the Hotel, they stayed, ate and drank and we were completely unaware of their presence. “We had no idea until we were contacted by Lucinda O’Sullivan to advise us that we were recommended as one of only 4 Hotels in Donegal that is great “to stay and eat”. Lucinda O’Sullivan has appeared on RTE’s The Restaurant as Guest Critic and is a frequent contributor on RTE’s most popular radio show Today with Pat Kenny. Her Little Black Book of Great Places to Stay & Eat is the hottest guide to Irish accommodation encompassing and unravelling the real Ireland of today which is funky, quirky, fun and gloriously romantic on the Wild Atlantic Way! She has an unerring feel for sourcing the little place that might be just that little bit different.“Mulroy Woods is passionate about ensuring a warm and inviting memorable experience for all our guests and our renovation and refurbishment projects throughout the last 2 years are testament to our continued efforts.“Enhancements include the addition of 12 superior guest bedrooms, refurbishment of main Reception area, The Lounge, Harper’s Restaurant, The Mulroy Banqueting Suite and the Honeymoon Suite. There are also plans in the pipeline in the near future which will further enhance our product offerings.“The Little Black Book is known as a godsend for travellers, they know and trust Lucinda and have followed in her footsteps for years. This will be a massive boost for business with very exciting times ahead for the Hotel.”Mulroy Woods earns accolade as a ‘Great Place to Stay and Eat’ was last modified: May 17th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:awardcriticlucinda o’sullicanMulroy Woods Hotellast_img read more