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October 29 - November 4 ~ " Are you saying that basically more meat is seized than you actually state in your own report?"

October 29 - November 4 ~ A tale of two videos

October 29 - November 4 ~ Policy appears to be to trust that it will not happen again, and, if it does, to kill again, with the same callous indiscrimination.

October 29 - November 4 ~ April 29 2004 "I would be willing to give way now to the Minister if he wanted to rise to guarantee to the House that no other information has been withheld

October 22 - Oct 29 2004 ~ Mr Bradshaw's answers about the video raise more questions.

October 22 - Oct 29 2004 ~ Mr Waugh was asked how he believed the disease got into his herd

October 22 - Oct 29 2004 ~ Elliot Morley says that dairy farming has the "biodiversity capacity of green concrete"

October 22 - Oct 29 2004 ~ Jim Paice challenges Beckett over Foot and Mouth video

October 22 - Oct 29 2004 ~ Ben Bradshaw confuses Professor Roy Anderson and Dr Iain Anderson - and continues to blame "the farmer who was responsible for illegal and irresponsible practices" for government bungling.

October 22 - Oct 29 2004 ~ Andrew George has called for the re-opening of the Anderson Inquiry

October 22 - Oct 29 2004 ~ What was the origin of the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak?

October 22 - Oct 29 2004 ~ "As of September 2004 the RSPCA signed an Agreement with Defra giving the RSPCA full prosecution status..."

October 22 - Oct 29 2004 ~ Royal Agriculture Society of England officially accepts Foot and Mouth Archive

October 22 - Oct 29 2004 ~ breed quality is being threatened by Wales's scrapie eradication programme..."So why do we need to start meddling?"

October 16 - Oct 22 2004 ~ "an institution guarding its research and exclusive status?"

October 16 - Oct 22 2004 ~ Either motivation is equally unethical and retarded development of FMD immunoassays

October 16 - Oct 22 2004 ~ "The BVA is of the view that, at the clinical level, we are no better equipped to deal with another FMD outbreak than we were in 2001. .."

October 16 - Oct 22 2004 ~ Collaborative effort is vital in fighting animal disease.

October 16 - Oct 22 2004 ~ A breakthrough for vaccines that do not need refrigeration

October 16 - Oct 22 2004 ~~ News that could have implications for controlling populations of badgers and foxes.

October 16 - Oct 22 2004 ~ Trading Standards 'Waugh' video was not submitted to Lessons Learned, it seems.

October 16 - Oct 22 2004 ~ Foot and Mouth Vaccine - now classified information

October 16 - Oct 22 2004 ~ "Abigail Woods's book should be made compulsory reading in DEFRA..."

October 16 - Oct 22 2004 ~ Bovine TB - gamma interferon test only 65% specific to m.bovis, "most of the cows in the West will have antibodies"

October 9 - Oct 16 2004 ~ Foot and Mouth 'Keep Out' sign crossed through in red ink.

October 9 - Oct 16 2004 ~ "This international initiative will facilitate real time rapid response to biodefense and emerging infectious disease issues"

October 9 - Oct 16 2004 ~ After the Second World War, the activity of selling produce to customers was taken away from British farmers.

In response to the item below, "urgent and essential" that farmers link up to the powerful marketing machine that is at its disposal , a sheep farmer from Devon tells us that farmers' markets are not on their last legs in Devon - but that it is difficult to find farms that are able to make use of them.

October 9 - Oct 16 2004 ~ Rules designed to protect consumers from being infected through food - " failures in the system "

October 9 - Oct 16 2004 ~ "urgent and essential" that farmers link up to the powerful marketing machine that is at its disposal.

October 9 - Oct 16 2004 ~"it has returned as one of the most affected councils in London with all sorts of meat crimes - and no one is taking any action"

October 9 - Oct 16 2004 ~ "...the ‘war’ will be milk and dairy products, from cheese to chocolate bars."

October 9 - Oct 16 2004 ~ Breeders get free bird flu vaccine

October 2 - Oct 9 2004 ~ " Their ‘garden of England’ had been destroyed by motorways and road building..."

October 2 - Oct 9 2004 ~ "Mr Bradshaw has ignored the wishes of consumers and the views of his own advisors."

October 2 - Oct 9 2004 ~ Bovine TB Russia / EU deal. The farmers with herds under restriction, know nothing at all about this...

October 2 - Oct 9 2004 ~ "There is more to this than meets the eye"

October 2 - Oct 9 2004 ~ There has never been a case of BSE detected in a Dexter herd; nor has BSE ever been found to be hereditary"

October 2 - Oct 9 2004 ~ Dolphin slaughter ".. Mr Bradshaw's ban is no more than a particularly humiliating example of gesture politics."

October 2 - Oct 9 2004 ~ The "Watchtree Nature Reserve" i.e. the Great Orton slaughter and burial site -opened to the public on Saturday.

Sept 26 - Oct 1 2004 ~ "..we shouldn't be surprised if the FMD virus continues to roll back efforts to contain and eradicate it"

Sept 26 - Oct 1 2004 ~ "Free-range chickens may soon be a distant memory, and the switch to factory farms will come at a considerable cost"

Sept 26 - Oct 1 2004 ~"....the potential to trigger another BSE-type export ban on British farm produce ..."

Sept 26 - Oct 1 2004 ~"He's taken the easy route out by banning British boats from doing it"

Sept 26 - Oct 1 2004 ~ "Mr Bradshaw conceded that there was little more he could do about the controversial French-dominated fishery without agreement at an EU level."

Sept 26 - Oct 1 2004 ~ Avian flu - "countries wishing to eradicate the disease may choose to use vaccination.."

Sept 26 - Oct 1 2004 ~ Smithfield and its nauseating intensive pig production is taking over in Poland...a glimpse of things to come.

Sept 26 - Oct 1 2004 ~ Bovine TB is now being used as a trading excuse

Sept 26 - Oct 1 2004 ~ Dirty Meat - "... the sort of thing which inevitably happens when governments issue daft, unnecessary laws"

Sept 18 - Sept 25 2004 ~ Correction. Professor Roy Anderson is no longer the Chair at the Science Advisory Council

Sept 18 - Sept 25 2004 ~ Ten minute test to detect vCJD and BSE

Sept 18 - Sept 25 2004 ~ Anderson's assertion that contiguous culling still has a place in FMD control...

Sept 18 - Sept 25 2004 ~" the worst example comes from Wigtown where on the basis of 2 confirmed cases 218 farms had their stock slaughtered"

Sept 18 - Sept 25 2004 ~ " it is really preposterous for people to say that in some way this is some sort of theoretical device which has yet to be tested.

Sept 18 - Sept 25 2004 ~ "The terrorism dollars have done a great service to public health in terms of providing staffing and getting us to see things a little bit differently..."

Sept 18 - Sept 25 2004 ~ Stark revelations about the scale of meat crime within Britain's food chain were finally aired last night

Sept 18 - Sept 25 2004 ~ British farmers are not allowed to promote their own produce to the consumer ...

Sept 18 - Sept 25 2004 ~ For three years we have been saying the same thing - remedies available to the authorities in 2001 were ignored. Experts both international and local were dismissed as irrelevant.

Sept 18 - Sept 25 2004 ~ "Successful conflict management depends on conflicting parties opening communication channels

Sept 18 - Sept 25 2004 ~ Pest control for Cormorants.

Sept 12 - Sept 18 ~ "no evidence that contiguous culling controlled foot and mouth" Farming Today

Sept 12 - Sept 18 ~ "I can't quite understand why it has taken so long to resolve these issues" Professor Phil Thomas

Sept 12 - Sept 18 ~ "The intensity of culling of contiguous premises had no significant relationship to the rate of spread of the disease.."

Sept 12 - Sept 18 ~ The system created to protect the public from diseased and unfit meat is flawed at every level.

Sept 12 - Sept 18 ~ "It is fair to say that we have taken PCR out of the research lab and into the field where it is most needed."

Sept 12 - Sept 18 ~" will (DEFRA) make a new kind of history and adopt vaccination?"

Sept 6 - Sept 12 ~ "There is no other rapid test kit available that measures only live TB and does not give false positives."

Sept 6 - Sept 12 ~ "This situation is too important to both human and animal health authorities worldwide for any unnecessary unanswered questions .."

Sept 6 - Sept 12 ~ Defra Q and A page on vaccination still fails adequately to explain about vaccinated meat for home consumption

Sept 6 - Sept 12 ~ The EU FMD Directive provides for derogation from heat treatments once the Protection or Surveillance Zone has been in place for more than 30 days

Sept 6 - Sept 12 ~" the total amount of illegal meat entering GB each year is calculated on average to be 7,431 tonnes...

Sept 6 - Sept 12 ~ There are six sniffer dogs in Britain, guarding 110 UK ports.

Sept 6 - Sept 12 ~ " How can they give a list of measures let alone reassure consumers?"

Sept 6 - Sept 12 ~ Compounds used as pesticides, such as DDT and other organochlorine compounds "readily crossed the placenta"

Sept 6 - Sept 12 ~ "The Killing Pens" by Janet Hughes.

Sept 6 - Sept 12 ~ Our only safeguard against BSE is to clean up our radioactive metal waste.

Aug 30 - Sept 5 ~ "The decision was based on the scientific evidence presented to us by the UK."

Aug 30 - Sept 5 ~ it could take years to eliminate the H5N1 virus from the environment, says the WTO

Aug 30 - Sept 5 ~ "The more we grow, the less able we are to feed ourselves"

Aug 30 - Sept 5 ~"Geelong scientists are developing a (rapid) diagnostic test for foot and mouth disease

Aug 30 - Sept 5 ~ far from the world producing too much food, it is no longer producing anything like enough

Aug 30 - Sept 5 ~ "Plum Island too secretive. .. Its primary mission is defending against animal disease, but it must do that with a sensitivity to the community's need to know. ."

Aug 30 - Sept 5 ~ Bird-flu cull increased risk to humans

Aug 23 - 29 ~ "the vaccine is easy to buy and easy to use. "The farmer himself can do it..."

Aug 23 - 29 ~ ".. outraged by comments from the Government's rural adviser"

Aug 23 - 29 ~ Dr Abigail Woods: "It is the thoughts and actions of humans that have 'manufactured' FMD into the particular political, economic, social and psychological problem that it is today."

Aug 23 - 29 ~ Foot and Mouth outbreak: Welfare Disposal Scheme cases listed by DEFRA as "Infected Premises"....

Aug 23 - 29 ~ "Consumer confidence in the integrity of the food chain has been severely damaged. Government agencies and controls have been discredited."

Aug 23 - 29 ~ "This is why it is legal to stuff our farm animals with antibiotics, our vegetables with pesticides, our processed food with additives and our water tables with nitrates...."

Aug 23 - 29 ~ Plum Island - Two FMD contamination incidents ".. didn't meet the existing notification criteria"

Aug 23 - 29 ~ "Confirmation of H5N1 infection in pigs would add complexity to the epidemiology of this disease, but needs to be viewed in perspective."

Aug 23 - 29 ~ "..Three years later, management of the epidemic remains controversial. ."

Aug 23 - 29 2004 ~ "Killing all these animals and burning or burying them is exactly what terrorists want everyone to see," said Breeze.
(So in whose interests is it that modern tools are not used?)

Aug 23 - 29 ~ As for rapid diagnosis, the article above is dismissive. "... the scale of the problem overwhelms such solutions. Each device costs at least $30,000, and thousands would be needed by producers."

Aug 18 - 23 ~ FMD virus contamination at Plum Island Animal Disease Centre

Aug 18 - 23 ~"We should be spending taxpayer money on improving security and public safety, not on harassing whistleblowers and bogus lawsuits"

Aug 18 - 23 ~ "control measures still closely follow those introduced by Cardinal Lancisi almost 300 years ago"

Aug 18 ~ The BSE (and other Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies) pages of the Defra website have been relaunched but several links do not appear to be working

Aug 16 ~ '....for the vast majority of chemicals we have so little safety data that the regulatory authorities have no idea what a safe level is.'

Aug 15 ~ "Mr Prescott can only get his way by scrapping existing planning rules wholesale, notably those designed to protect the green belt."

Aug 13 ~ ".. any research that demonstrates other than the status quo is marginalised and virtually ignored"

Aug 7 - 14 ~ Will 7000 UK sugar producers bear the brunt of the EU's reaction to the WTO decision on sugar?

Aug 7 - 14 ~ "many good words and phrases in this document are contradicted by others that undermine them. ."

Aug 7 - 14 ~ Plan to tackle TB

Aug 7 - 14 ~ Prions can be inactivated with new disinfectant

Aug 7 - 14 ~ "Firebreak" slaughter mindset still holds sway in the UK and US

Aug 1 - Aug 7 ~ ProMed moderator on the Pakistan "FMD" deaths - "Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever more likely"

Aug 1 - Aug 7 ~ "..dozens of people have died of the disease that is spreading from goats."

Aug 1 - Aug 7 ~ DEFRA's claim to have sent leaflets to all farmers "at the start of the FMD outbreak"

Aug 1 - Aug 7 ~ Who remembers getting detailed FMD leaflets, complete with pictures?

Aug 1 - Aug 7 ~ Howard Dalton, DEFRA's Chief Scientific Advisor, was unaware of pesticide evidence before giving his "advice"

Aug 1 - Aug 7 ~ EU to ban sales of raw milk from 'Reactor Animals'

Aug 1 - Aug 7 ~ "The establishment of the archive is an example of partnership with industry that demonstrates Defra's commitment to meeting the objectives of its Animal Health and Welfare Strategy..." From the DEFRA website.

Aug 1 - Aug 7 ~"...these guys, punching away at their computer screens, haven’t the foggiest notion of when Britain might again be hit by FMD"

July 27 - Aug 1 ~ "we have a global farming crisis, not just a UK one"

July 27 - Aug 1 ~"As far as politicians are concerned... agriculture is a bit of a nuisance because we can import everything more cheaply."

July 27 - Aug 1 ~ Full page adverts show little confidence in the Ministry's ability to protect UK livestock from foreign diseases

July 27 - Aug 1 ~ "... £500 million a year could be slashed from DEFRA's budget, losing more than 4,000 jobs, without having an impact on core services "

July 27 - Aug 1 ~ No links between scrapie and vCJD have been demonstrated. Yet the extermination of scrapie-susceptible sheep will be compulsory where a case of scrapie is reported and confirmed.

July 27 - Aug 1~ NSP "The authorities or their scientific advisors have never shown any concern about the many characteristics valuable for breeders that will be lost as a consequence of this eradication.

July 27 - Aug 1 ~ "...political appointees with backgrounds in the agri-food industry have used their positions

July 26 ~ " Why do 'they' make us fill in forms if 'they' do not read/record the information?"

July 26 ~ random testing of a reducing subset of self-selected volunteers is not the same as random testing of the national flock

July 19 - 25 ~ "to defend the public from the theoretical risk of one death in more than 60 years is completely disproportionate"

July 19 - 25 ~ No comfort from Mrs Beckett's "waffle"

July 19 - 25 ~ Mrs Beckett's outline to the "Rural Strategy 2004" did not even mention agriculture or farming.

July 19 - 25 ~ South Africa - first round of vaccinations against foot-and-mouth disease was completed in the area on Wednesday. No deaths among animals with the disease reported so far.

July 19 - 25 ~ "When the animals leave Devon over the next ten years - which they will - it will not look like the chocolate box Mrs Beckett imagines; it will look like a wilderness."

July 19 - 25 ~ Regional Development Agencies: "Most rural communities fear they are remote, bureaucratic, unaccountable and urban focused"

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July 19 - 25 ~ CVO Report 2003 says 4 million and 68 thousand animals were slaughtered during the FMD outbreak in 2001

July 19 - 25 ~ "a world-class reputation"?

July 19 - 25 ~ CTS "This is a catastrophic state of affairs as it means the system is not only not tracing cattle but it is doing even that badly and at great expense.."

July 19 - 25 ~ for all DEFRA's talk, their programmes for controlling the spread of TB or brucellosis within the UK is lamentable

July 18 ~ From FMD to WMD

July 16 ~ " it must be remembered that the larger deer often intergraze with cattle and sheep ...."

July 16 ~ "Bovine Tuberculosis has spread further into wildlife populations than was previously thought ... "

July 16 2004 ~ Resignation of Sir John Krebs

July 15 ~ "... Mr Blair’s view that he need only descend into Churchill’s bunker for the fuel strike, foot-and-mouth and the War on Terror to evaporate overnight"

July 14 ~ The Butler report. No names named.

July 10 - 16 ~ " US officials really have missed the true cause of mad cow disease..."

July 10 - 16 ~ Why did Exercise Hornbeam not mention the "sentinel" theory - as practised in Cornwall in 2001?

July 3 - July 9 ~ "Scientists should also be more prepared to admit a lack of knowledge. Many find it difficult to say 'we haven't got a clue'

July 3 - July 9 ~ big money, powerful friends and ethical, genuinely independent advice are rarely known to coexist easily.

July 3 - July 9 ~ " Would you now, with the benefit of hindsight, have offered different advice to deal with the foot and mouth outbreak?
Roy Anderson: I certainly wouldn't..."

July 3 - July 9 ~“The whole thing is a nonsensical scheme, which stands no chance whatsoever of success

July 3 - July 9 ~" You can't leave a rule in place simply because you think it should be there - there has to be a good reason for it."

July 3 - July 9 ~ Dung

July 3 - July 9 ~ No relaxation of OTMS for "many months"

July 3 - July 9 ~ Livestock tracing system is 'in chaos'

July 3 - July 9 ~ What were and are the real reasons for not wanting to vaccinate?

July 3 - July 9 ~ In March 2002, Nick Brown told the EU Committee "We were only 24 hours away from vaccinating"

July 3 - July 9 ~ The answer to the question "Why did the UK not vaccinate?" makes no more sense today than it did in 2001.

July 3 - July 9 ~ "No supermarkets or trade federations in Uruguay tried to tell government that the public would not accept vaccinated meat

July 3 - July 9 ~ In Uruguay, the farmers, safely and without stress, vaccinated their own cattle.

July 3 - July 9 ~ Hornbeam is over. "We still want to know..."

July 3 - July 9 ~ Commercial and political interest and the reality of "testing" for disease

July 3 - July 9 ~ Repeat offenders

July 3 - July 9 ~ DEFRA's work on FMD defended.

July 3 - July 9 ~ "All groups need to be aware now of the Government’s operational arrangements.."

June 26 - July 2 ~ So were any animals vaccinated? Any at all? Apparently not - for all we can read in media reports.

June 26 - July 2 ~ Contingency plans " would prove “useless” if there was interference from Defra bosses nationally...

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DECEMBER 2003

Report into Infectious Disease in Livestock - Royal Society Recommendations

"The contiguous cull has been exposed for what it was: one of the most bloody, tragic and disgraceful misjudgments made in the name of science."

Anthony Gibson CBE
"Emergency vaccination with the aim of allowing animals to live for normal further use should no longer be regarded only as a last resort but must be considered as a first-choice option from the outset."

comparison EU draft report and March 03 document

"The foot-and-mouth crisis ... a lethal cocktail of folly, self-interest, Government ineptitude and spinelessness, waste and wanton cruelty, both to human beings and animals. In short, a disgrace of huge magnitude. " John Piper Yorkshire Post

Hundreds of contractors and farmers still have claims outstanding

See articles "The FPB are also interested in the other matters which have concerned us for so long namely; the animal cruelty - illegal contiguous culls, bullying of farmers and families, the lies and deceit over blood tests plus any additional material of this ilk. Photographic evidence would be useful as would eye-witness accounts." See emailed message