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Seoul must end curbs on US beef for FTA
Friday, 18 January 2008 Agence France-Presse . Seoul
South Korea must lift all restrictions on the import of US beef to secure Congressional approval of a free trade agreement, a US business body warned Wednesday. The wide-ranging deal was signed last June 30 but awaits ratification by the legislatures of both countries. 'Senior members of Congress as well as the US administration have made it very clear that the KORUS (Korea-US) FTA will not be considered for ratification until the Korean beef market is fully reopened,' said William Oberlin, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea.
The beef issue is not technically part of the pact but is a major irritant in trade ties. South Korea in 2006 ended a total ban on US beef imports, imposed in 2003 due to concerns over mad cow disease. But it allows only meat from cattle aged 30 months or less, and excludes bones and other materials deemed to carry a risk of spreading the disease.
It has suspended imports several times after discovering banned material in US meat shipments. Oberlin told a press conference that the World Animal Health Organisation had ruled last May that all types of US beef are safe for export, and Seoul had repeatedly promised to accept its recommendations.
South Korea was once the third largest market for US beef, with imports worth 850 million dollars a year before the ban in 2003. Chamber president Tami Overby said that in the light of elections in both countries this year, the sooner the FTA legislation was passed, the better. Korea holds a general election in April and the US presidential election is in November.
Total trade between South Korea and the US was worth 74 billion dollars in 2006. Some studies show this could rise by up to 20 billion dollars in coming years under a free trade regime. Oberlin said it was up to both legislatures 'to ensure that this historic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is not missed.' He praised the administration of President Roh Moo-Hyun, who leaves office next month, 'for turning Korea into the Asian nation that is leading the way in promoting free trade agreements.' Oberlin urged the incoming government of Lee Myung-Bak to promote greater labour flexibility in both foreign and local businesses. He cited the need for 'predictability, consistency and transparency' in regulations to attract foreign investment.
Name: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. Date: Jan 26, 2007
Dear Terry S. Singeltary Sr.
My name in Seoungwon Lee and I work for National Assemblywoman (MP) Sang-Jeong Sim, in South Korea. Below is a message from Mr. Kwon. Please get back to us regarding the letter. Thank you. Seoungwon Lee Legislative Assistant National Assembly Republic of Korea
Dear Terry S. Singeltary Sr.
Greetings from Korea.
I have learned about what you and your family have been through a internet. Being the father of a small family, I can only imagine the sense of loss that you and your family still must feel regarding your mother.
Through the internet, many people here in Korea have learnt about the story of your family and it has created a great deal of concern. Your experience had particular relevance for the citizens here, for the Korean government, in connection to the free trade agreement it is negotiating with the United States, is about to restart the sale of the unsafe American beef to the general public.
The Korean government has already imported the first load American beef and is currently going through the inspection period. There has been a great deal of controversy regarding the safety of these products, and a precipitous increase in public interest regarding the causes and symptoms of vCJD.
It is in this context that we are preparing a session together with National Assembly members and relevant NGOs to hear from those who have had direct experience with the human variant of BSE. We are very interested in hearing about the symptoms that your mother showed, your views on the response from the US government to the many deaths that resulted from this disease, the reaction from the general public, and any other area that you would wish to speak about. There would also be experts and academics in the area to speak at the session as well. We believe that it would greatly contribute to raising awareness about the issue, as well as help politicians and civic activists to consider the repercussions of the beef import issue.
We would like to request your help in this regard. We are planning for the session to be held in Seoul on the 23rd of this November. We would very much like to have you present in order to help prevent such tragic incidents from happening in Korea. We would, of course, pay for the trip and accommodations for the duration of your stay. If you were to participate, we could also meet with members from the agricultural committee of the National Assembly and from other related organizations to urge more interest to the issue.
Please do not hesitate to offer suggestions or ask us any questions that you might have. We look forward to a positive response and to meeting you in Seoul.
Thank you. Sincerely, Sim Sang-Jeong Head of the Democratic Labor Party Parliamentary Committee on the Korea-US FTA Member of the National Assembly Republic of Korea
16 January 2008 - The final minutes of the 98th SEAC meeting have been published.
PUBLIC QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION 2
© SEAC 2007
SEAC considered a question about possible links between CJD cases and animal TSEs in the United States of America (USA).
SEAC 99th meeting on Friday 14th December 2007
Friday, January 11, 2008
CJD HUMAN TSE REPORT UK, USA, CANADA, and Mexico JANUARY 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Prominent and Persistent Extraneural Infection in Human PrP Transgenic Mice Infected with Variant CJD
ANIMAL HEALTH REPORT 2006 (BSE h-BASE ALABAMA)
BSE BASE MAD COW TESTING TEXAS, USA, AND CANADA, A REVIEW OF SORTS
MADCOW USDA the untold story
BSE OIE USDA
CREUTZFELDT JAKOB DISEASE MAD COW BASE UPDATE USA
NOR-98 ATYPICAL SCRAPIE CASES USA
Transmissible Mink Encephalopathy TME
CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE
Monitoring the occurrence of emerging forms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the United States
I only ponder how many sporadic CJDs in the USA are type 2 PrPSc?
THE PATHOLOGICAL PROTEIN
Hardcover, 304 pages plus photos and illustrations. ISBN 0-387-95508-9 June 2003 BY Philip Yam
CHAPTER 14 LAYING ODDS
Answering critics like Terry Singeltary, who feels that the U.S. under-counts CJD, Schonberger conceded that the current surveillance system has errors but stated that most of the errors will be confined to the older population.
doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(03)00715-1Copyright © 2003 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Tracking spongiform encephalopathies in North America
Available online 29 July 2003. Volume 3, Issue 8, August 2003, Page 463
"My name is Terry S Singeltary Sr, and I live in Bacliff, Texas. I lost my mom to hvCJD (Heidenhain variant CJD) and have been searching for answers ever since. What I have found is that we have not been told the truth. CWD in deer and elk is a small portion of a much bigger problem." ...
Diagnosis and Reporting of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
Singeltary, Sr et al. JAMA.2001; 285: 733-734.
Like lambs to the slaughter 31 March 2001 Debora MacKenzie Magazine issue 2284
FOUR years ago, Terry Singeltary watched his mother die horribly from a degenerative brain disease. Doctors told him it was Alzheimer's, but Singeltary was suspicious. The diagnosis didn't fit her violent symptoms, and he demanded an autopsy. It showed she had died of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Most doctors believe that sCJD is caused by a prion protein deforming by chance into a killer. But Singeltary thinks otherwise. He is one of a number of campaigners who say that some sCJD, like the variant CJD related to BSE, is caused by eating meat from infected animals. Their suspicions have focused on sheep carrying scrapie, a BSE-like disease that is wide spread in flocks across Europe and North America. Now scientists in France have stumbled across new evidence that adds weight to the campaigners' fears. To their complete surprise, the researchers found that one strain of scrapie causes the same brain damage in mice as sCJD. "This means we cannot rule out that at least some sCJD may be caused by some strains of scrapie," says team member Jean-Philippe Deslys of the French Atomic Energy Commission's medical research laboratory in Fontenay-aux-Roses, south-west of Paris. Hans Kretschmar of the University of Göttingen, who coordinates CJD surveillance in Germany, is so concerned by the findings that he now wants to trawl back through past sCJD cases to see if any might have been caused by eating infected mutton or lamb. ...
DER SPIEGEL (9/2001) - 24.02.2001 (9397 Zeichen)USA: Loch in der MauerDie BSE-Angst erreicht Amerika: Trotz strikter Auflagen gelangte in Texasverbotenes Tiermehl ins Rinderfutter - die Kontrollen der Aufsichtsbehördensind lax. Link auf diesen Artikel im Archiv: http://service.spiegel.de/digas/find?DID=18578755"
Its as full of holes as Swiss Cheese" says Terry Singeltary of the FDA regulations. ...
Thu Dec 6, 2007 11:38
FDA IN CRISIS MODE, AMERICAN LIVES AT RISK
FDA SCIENCE AND MISSION AT RISK
2 January 2000 British Medical Journal
U.S. Scientist should be concerned with a CJD epidemic in the U.S., as well
15 November 1999 British Medical Journal
vCJD in the USA * BSE in U.S.
BSE (Mad Cow) Update: Do Reports of sCJD Clusters Matter?
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Terry S. Singeltary Sr. P.O. Box 42 Bacliff, Texas USA 77518