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In 2007 my beloved son Andrew Black was unlawfully killed by 

VCJD/Human BSE, know as the human form of mad cow disease. 

He was just 24 years old. Since his untimely and avloidable

death I created a campaign to find out why my Andrew died

and who is responsible. Food and medicines should be safe and never kill. 

This is my blog containing the history of my investigations, facts and information the UK

government have tried to supress. It is the history of my ongoing investigations, and how

millions of us remain at risk of developing Human BSE. The disease has not gone away

and continues to kill people and animals globally in 2017.


CHRISTINES BLOG

FRIDAY JUNE 11th 2021

There has been a plaque for BSE victims for decades outside of St Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK. It is so small, families could not afford a bigger stone, often people just walked past. Now with 150 thousand hearts painted in memory of UK covid victims surrounding the BSE plaque, finally, my son Andrew and all victims of zoonotic disease, Covid and BSE are getting the publicity they need and deserve. Now all victims of zoonotic disease, Human BSE, Covid-19  need the justice and truth that the UK government have been hiding for so long!

Heart Wall and BSE memorial Plague outside St Thomas’ Hospital, London.

MONDAY 29TH MARCH 2021 

The recent article in the Mirror newspaper online (below) and many other leading media outlets, investigate the 16 deadly diseases that may well be the next pandemic, which could ‘devastate civilisation.’

On the list is Human BSE, vCJD Human form of mad cow disease. Human BSE has an incubation period in humans upwards 50 years and 1 in 2,000 of the UK population are carrying or incubating Human BSE with the ability to pass it onwards through medical proceedures. These articles report on, ‘The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)’, an organisation founded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust and several nations.

DAILY MIRROR   22nd March 2021

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/16-diseases-eyebleeding-fever-explosive-23776174

16 diseases from eye bleeding fever to explosive diarrhoea that could be the next Covid

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), an organisation founded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and several nations, has published the list of diseases

Diseases which could “shatter” civilisation if they were to begin spreading have been identified in a new report.

The 16 illnesses have emerged in countries across the world and have the potential to trigger a new pandemic, it has been claimed.

While some are well known to those in the West, such as E. coli and HIV, others are less known but just as deadly, with one causing bleeding from orifices and another brain swelling.

The diseases have been highlighted in a report published by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), an organisation founded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and several nations.

The document warns: “Covid-19 is just one of many diseases with pandemic potential.

“More than 1.6 million yet to be discovered viral species from these virus families are thought to exist in mammal and bird hosts.

“And any of these could be the next Covid, or worse.”

Highlighted in the report are coronaviruses other than Covid-19, which could rip through the world’s populations with even deadlier consequences.

It warns: “The emergence of a coronavirus combining the transmissibility of Covid-19 with the lethality of SARS or MERS would be civilisation-shattering.”

Future pandemics could prove deadlier than coronavirus, the organisation warned

Other diseases could make a deadly comeback, according to CEPI, such as HIV and Ebola in Africa.

One of the conditions on the list shares similar qualities to the Bubonic Plague, which was passed to humans from the fleas on rats

Lassa fever is passed from rodents to rats and can result in facial swelling, bleeding from the mouth, nose, eyes and vagina, and seizures in severe cases.

Last year the condition, which leads to a quarter of surviving patients temporarily losing their hearing, claimed 144 lives in Nigeria and has a fatality rate of about 1 in 100.

Currently there is no known cure or vaccine, with isolating patients, staying away from Rodent droppings and getting a cat the best hope people have.

Many of the diseases on the list have no or not particularly effective cures

Another lesser known disease, Cryptosporidiosis, has already had a minor outbreak in the UK.

The diarrhoea disease, which is caused by microscopic parasites, lives in the intestines of humans and animals but can survive outside the body for long periods of time, including in swimming pools and hot tubs.

16 diseases which could cause the next pandemic

E.coli 0157:H7 – A bacteria found in food, often in milk and ground beef

Cyclosporiasis – An intestinal illness caused by eating food contaminated with parasite

Whitewater arroyo virus – Viral infection found in wood rats that can cause liver failure

Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome – A respiratory disease carried by rats which kills a third of patients

HIV – A virus attacking the body’s immune system which can lead to AIDS, an auto-immune disease

Nipah – This disease causes severe brain swelling, seizures and vomiting

Hendra virus – Passed from flying-foxes to horses and then to humans, it has a 70% fatality rate

Ebola – A viral fever which can lead to red eyes and unexplained bleeding

Marburg – A viral hemorrhagic fever in the same family as Ebola

Hepatitis C – A blood borne illness which can cause liver cancer

Lassa fever – A potentially fatal condition which causes facial swelling, bleeding from the mouth, nose and vagina

SARS – An airborne coronavirus which spreads in a similar way to flu that has been eradicated in humans, but could be passed back through animals again

Cryptosporidiosis – A diarrheal disease that can live in the intestines of humans and animals as well as in warm water

vCJD – A brain disease passed on through eating infected beef which can cause psychiatric problems, behavioural changes, and painful sensations.

H5NI Influenza – A highly infectious strain of bird flu which attacks the respiratory system

Enterovirus 71 – A neurological disease which can cause hand, foot and mouth disease in children

A cluster of cases of the disease, which can be particularly harmful to children, was seen in the West Midlands in 2016.

If it is left untreated in patients with weakened immune systems it can become chronic and even fatal.

Another disease to watch out for is Nipah, which is bat-borne and has had outbreaks in South-East and South Asia.

The neurological disease causes severe brain swelling, seizures and vomiting and has a fatality rate as high as 70%.

Other fatal diseases include Whitewater Arroyo virus which was thought not to be able to pass to humans until it killed three women in Calfornia, including a 14-year-old girl.

Andrew as a baby

WEDNESDAY 24th FEBRUARY 2021

I have recently received my vaccine, to prevent me from becoming seriously ill with covid-19, with little discomfort or side effects. I decided to have the vaccine after making an informed choice. Unlike the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000’s when vaccines were sourced from BSE cattle, their production and ingredients kept secret. Everything possible has been public about how the current vaccines to prevent covid-19 have been produced. I took the vaccine as I wanted to protect myself, my community. We have a collective responsibility to protect each other. Vaccination seems the only way forward. This will prevent hundreds of thousands more avoidable deaths, allowing covid-19 to mutate into a virus similar to winter cold/flu, manageable by vaccination or medications

BSE was the harbinger of Covid, both avoidable zoonotic diseases that came from an animal and transferred to humans. Both created by lack of respect for our planet, animal and human health. If  the UK and world governments do not take heed, we as a global community could face a series of other deadly zoonotic disease.  Our lives, and future generations lives never reverting to the freedoms of movement we had before 2020.

This is not a world I want to live in….so we must all think about the future, our planet and each other and protect them.

I wish there had been a vaccine to prevent BSE in cattle and vcjd, in humans, I wish BSE had never been created.

I wish my son Andrew was still here with me and his family.

SATURDAY 23RD JANUARY 2021

The biggest vaccination programme in the UK’s history is taking place, as people are called to have the vaccine. This will hopefully help prevent milions of people  becoming seriously ill with covid-19. Another deadly zoonotic disease, first recognised in China which originated in bats and then transferred to humans. Covid-19 transmitts via coughs, sneezes and close contact with other people, a lethal flu that is new and therefore our immune systems are unable to cope. Millions across the world have died and 100,00  people in the UK. This pandemic must be controlled and at present the only way forward is vaccination.

I have thoroughly researched the vaccines and ingredients, and with an informed mind I will be having the vaccine when I am able. The covid-19 immunisation programme has been overseen by scientists, experts, media and the public.

FRIDAY JANUARY 22ND 2021

With the lowering of UK safety standards regarding food imports, (see Guardian article below) it will mean zoonotic disease such as BSE, Avian flu, will have easier access to the UK and its residents. It could result in the next pandemic.

Once again these ‘Trade Bills’ post BREXIT are about economics and making a ‘fast buck’ with big foreign corporations for shareholders, political gain and with human and animal health bottom of the list. With Chronic Wasting Disease CWD, the equivalent of BSE in deer, cervids, elks rampaging across the USA and parts of Canada, its mean this disease could be imported into the UK. There are many cases of deer hunters and people associated with deer developing dementia type disease similar to cjd.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/19/uk-ministers-gain-power-to-allow-lower-standard-food-imports

UK ministers gain power to allow lower-standard food imports

Trade bill vote rejects Lords amendment giving MPs greater scrutiny of trade deals

A chicken processing plant in the US.

A chicken processing plant in the US. Photograph: Glowimages/Getty

Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent

Tue 19 Jan 2021 20.06 GMT

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Ministers will be able to approve the import of animal and agricultural products of a lower standard than currently permitted in the UK, after attempts to amend the trade bill failed.

The government has repeatedly vowed not to allow the import of chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef, but has refused to sign those pledges into law.

The House of Lords put forward amendments to the trade bill that would have required future trade agreements to be scrutinised by parliament, with a view to ensuring standards are retained, but the key amendment fell on Tuesday night by 353 votes to 277.

Campaigners said the new post-Brexit arrangements for food imports and food production standards in the UK would allow ministers to make sweeping changes to existing food safety regulations without consultation.

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Many products could be affected. For instance, while the government has said it will not allow chlorinated chicken, meat can be washed in a variety of other substances that have similar effects: peracetic acid, cetylpyridinium chloride, acidified sodium chlorite, or organic acid rinses.

Chicken treated with bleach and similar substances can retain some pathogens, according to research, and campaigners also fear that such treatment is used to disguise infections caused by animals being kept in poor conditions that would be illegal in this country.

In the debate, the government sought to reassure MPs that there were sufficient safeguards to ensure the UK’s standards were kept high.

However, there was disagreement. Jonathan Djanogly, one of a small number of Conservative MPs who voted against the government, said: “Ministers suggest that a pre-signature vote [on a trade deal] would make them look less decisive and weaken their hand, but I would suggest that the opposite is actually the case. In the US, negotiations are often strengthened by the executive suggesting that Congress won’t accept such-and-such a proposal.”

He added: “The power of approval that was given to MEPs now needs to come back here to parliament, not to be forgotten by ministers. Having proper scrutiny votes will go towards establishing the UK as a modern, democratic, confident, international trading nation, and we should be embracing that.”

Campaigners pointed to loopholes in the government’s regulations that mean food standards can be altered without consultation or fanfare. They said the rules would make it difficult to even find out whether standards had been lowered.

For instance, the list of approved antibiotics for livestock – a vital issue, because the overuse of antibiotics on livestock is a key driver of the growth of antibiotic resistance that threatens human medicine – can be changed without notice, and only close retrospective scrutiny would reveal the changes.

Kierra Box, a campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “MPs have voted to lock themselves out of decisions on future trade deals. These deals will have a far bigger impact than changing the contents of our supermarket shelves. They could make it harder to pass new legislation to protect our environment, increase the UK’s contribution to climate change, or prop up supply chains linked to human rights abuses. It’s not just disappointing that our elected representatives are willing to let themselves and their constituents be satisfied – it’s mystifying.”

Debbie Tripley, the director of environmental policy and advocacy at WWF-UK, said: “The government’s approach to trade risks undermining their ambition to be a global green leader. Ministers should not have powers to remove important protections via loophole, nor push future trade deals through parliament without meaningful scrutiny.”

Recent research suggests the government may run into trouble with its “red wall” voters if food standards are lowered in trade deals. Qualitative research among focus groups of 52 first-time Conservative voters in red wall constituencies, carried out by Unchecked UK in partnership with KSBR Brand Futures, found strong support for stringent food standards.

Friday 22nd January 2021 

With the lowering of UK safety standards regarding food imports, (see Guardian article below) t will mean zoonotic disease such as BSE, Avian flu, will have easier access to the UK and its residents. It could result in the next pandemic.

Onceain these ‘Trade Bills’ post BREXIT are about economics and making a ‘fast buck’ with big foreign corporations for shareholders, political gain and with human and animal health bottom of the list. With Chronic Wasting Disease CWD, the equivalent of BSE in deer, cervids, elks rampaging across the USA and parts of Canada, its mean this disease could be imported into the UK. There are many cases of deer hunters and people associated with deer developing dementia type disease similar to cjd.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/19/uk-ministers-gain-power-to-allow-lower-standard-food-imports

UK ministers gain power to allow lower-standard food imports

Trade bill vote rejects Lords amendment giving MPs greater scrutiny of trade deals

A chicken processing plant in the US.

A chicken processing plant in the US. Photograph: Glowimages/Getty

Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent

Tue 19 Jan 2021 20.06 GMT

5,139

Ministers will be able to approve the import of animal and agricultural products of a lower standard than currently permitted in the UK, after attempts to amend the trade bill failed.

The government has repeatedly vowed not to allow the import of chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef, but has refused to sign those pledges into law.

The House of Lords put forward amendments to the trade bill that would have required future trade agreements to be scrutinised by parliament, with a view to ensuring standards are retained, but the key amendment fell on Tuesday night by 353 votes to 277.

Campaigners said the new post-Brexit arrangements for food imports and food production standards in the UK would allow ministers to make sweeping changes to existing food safety regulations without consultation.

Advertisement

Many products could be affected. For instance, while the government has said it will not allow chlorinated chicken, meat can be washed in a variety of other substances that have similar effects: peracetic acid, cetylpyridinium chloride, acidified sodium chlorite, or organic acid rinses.

Chicken treated with bleach and similar substances can retain some pathogens, according to research, and campaigners also fear that such treatment is used to disguise infections caused by animals being kept in poor conditions that would be illegal in this country.

In the debate, the government sought to reassure MPs that there were sufficient safeguards to ensure the UK’s standards were kept high.

However, there was disagreement. Jonathan Djanogly, one of a small number of Conservative MPs who voted against the government, said: “Ministers suggest that a pre-signature vote [on a trade deal] would make them look less decisive and weaken their hand, but I would suggest that the opposite is actually the case. In the US, negotiations are often strengthened by the executive suggesting that Congress won’t accept such-and-such a proposal.”

He added: “The power of approval that was given to MEPs now needs to come back here to parliament, not to be forgotten by ministers. Having proper scrutiny votes will go towards establishing the UK as a modern, democratic, confident, international trading nation, and we should be embracing that.”

Campaigners pointed to loopholes in the government’s regulations that mean food standards can be altered without consultation or fanfare. They said the rules would make it difficult to even find out whether standards had been lowered.

For instance, the list of approved antibiotics for livestock – a vital issue, because the overuse of antibiotics on livestock is a key driver of the growth of antibiotic resistance that threatens human medicine – can be changed without notice, and only close retrospective scrutiny would reveal the changes.

Kierra Box, a campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “MPs have voted to lock themselves out of decisions on future trade deals. These deals will have a far bigger impact than changing the contents of our supermarket shelves. They could make it harder to pass new legislation to protect our environment, increase the UK’s contribution to climate change, or prop up supply chains linked to human rights

FRIDAY 22ND JANUARY 2021

With the lowering of UK safety standards regarding food imports, (see Guardian article below) it will mean zoonotic disease such as BSE, Avian flu, will have easier access to the UK and its residents. It could result in the next pandemic.

Once again these ‘Trade Bills’ post BREXIT are about economics and making a ‘fast buck’ with big foreign corporations for shareholders, political gain and with human and animal health bottom of the list. With Chronic Wasting Disease CWD, the equivalent of BSE in deer, cervids, elks rampaging across the USA and parts of Canada, its mean this disease could be imported into the UK. There are many cases of deer hunters and people associated with deer developing dementia type disease similar to cjd.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/19/uk-ministers-gain-power-to-allow-lower-standard-food-imports

THE GUARDIAN

UK ministers gain power to allow lower-standard food imports

Trade bill vote rejects Lords amendment giving MPs greater scrutiny of trade deals

Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent

Tue 19 Jan 2021 20.06 GMT

Ministers will be able to approve the import of animal and agricultural products of a lower standard than currently permitted in the UK, after attempts to amend the trade bill failed.

The government has repeatedly vowed not to allow the import of chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef, but has refused to sign those pledges into law.

The House of Lords put forward amendments to the trade bill that would have required future trade agreements to be scrutinised by parliament, with a view to ensuring standards are retained, but the key amendment fell on Tuesday night by 353 votes to 277.

Campaigners said the new post-Brexit arrangements for food imports and food production standards in the UK would allow ministers to make sweeping changes to existing food safety regulations without consultation.

Many products could be affected. For instance, while the government has said it will not allow chlorinated chicken, meat can be washed in a variety of other substances that have similar effects: peracetic acid, cetylpyridinium chloride, acidified sodium chlorite, or organic acid rinses.

Chicken treated with bleach and similar substances can retain some pathogens, according to research, and campaigners also fear that such treatment is used to disguise infections caused by animals being kept in poor conditions that would be illegal in this country.

In the debate, the government sought to reassure MPs that there were sufficient safeguards to ensure the UK’s standards were kept high.

However, there was disagreement. Jonathan Djanogly, one of a small number of Conservative MPs who voted against the government, said: “Ministers suggest that a pre-signature vote [on a trade deal] would make them look less decisive and weaken their hand, but I would suggest that the opposite is actually the case. In the US, negotiations are often strengthened by the executive suggesting that Congress won’t accept such-and-such a proposal.”

He added: “The power of approval that was given to MEPs now needs to come back here to parliament, not to be forgotten by ministers. Having proper scrutiny votes will go towards establishing the UK as a modern, democratic, confident, international trading nation, and we should be embracing that.”

Campaigners pointed to loopholes in the government’s regulations that mean food standards can be altered without consultation or fanfare. They said the rules would make it difficult to even find out whether standards had been lowered.

For instance, the list of approved antibiotics for livestock – a vital issue, because the overuse of antibiotics on livestock is a key driver of the growth of antibiotic resistance that threatens human medicine – can be changed without notice, and only close retrospective scrutiny would reveal the changes.

Kierra Box, a campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “MPs have voted to lock themselves out of decisions on future trade deals. These deals will have a far bigger impact than changing the contents of our supermarket shelves. They could make it harder to pass new legislation to protect our environment, increase the UK’s contribution to climate change, or prop up supply chains linked to human rights abuses. It’s not just disappointing that our elected representatives are willing to let themselves and their constituents be satisfied – it’s mystifying.”

Debbie Tripley, the director of environmental policy and advocacy at WWF-UK, said: “The government’s approach to trade risks undermining their ambition to be a global green leader. Ministers should not have powers to remove important protections via loophole, nor push future trade deals through parliament without meaningful scrutiny.”

Recent research suggests the government may run into trouble with its “red wall” voters if food standards are lowered in trade deals. Qualitative research among focus groups of 52 first-time Conservative voters in red wall constituencies, carried out by Unchecked UK in partnership with KSBR Brand Futures, found strong support for stringent food standards.

WEDNESDAY 16TH DECEMBER 2020

On this day 16th December 2007 my beloved boy Andrew who was just 24 years old,  was unlawfully killed by the human form of mad cow disease, Human BSE, vCJD, prion disease. A zoonotic disease, transferred from animals to humans, like covid 19, totally avoidable. My son was killed at the altar of shareholders greed, government agendas/policies, and the disregard for human and animal health, profit paramount. As we end 2020 and still face a global pandemic due to another zoonotic and avoidable disease covid and with a vaccine against the coronavirus on the horizon. Please let’s hope lessons have been learnt. So that the world our children and children’s, children inherit do not face a life of cyclical pandemics, death, destruction and isolation. We must address the way we farm, the way government allow food to be manufactured and processed. Our global food systems are not sustainable, safe or useful. If this is not addressed then life will never return to normal or any of us globally have the freedoms we once enjoyed pre 2020.

MONDAY 19TH OCTOBER 2020

I was interviewed by presenter Ian Collins on TalkRADIO. My son Andrew worked with Ian at TalkRADIO producing many shows before he died in 2007. Ian and I discuss the latest scandal of the House of Commons stripping out an amendment which the House of Lords had included in the Agriculture Bill. This now means that imported food can have much lower safety standards, post BREXIT. Standards which would be illegal in the UK. A crisis awaiting the next pandemic?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsjnHC-fz2E&ab_channel=MadCowDiseaseVideos3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsjnHC-fz2E&ab_channel=MadCowDiseaseVideos3

MONDAY 5TH OCTOBER 2020

PORTSMOUTH NEWS UK

https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/health/southsea-investigative-journalist-says-animal-health-government-cutbacks-next-pandemic-waiting-happen-2974338

Southsea investigative journalist says animal health government cutbacks is ‘next pandemic waiting to happen’

AN INVESTIGATIVE journalist who has spent her career researching and uncovering stories on animal diseases after her son died from of mad cow disease says government cutbacks on animal health means the ‘next pandemic is waiting to happen’.

By Millie Salkeld

Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 6:22 pm

Christine Lord from Southsea was left devastated when vCJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease), the human form of mad cow disease, killed her only son Andrew Black, when he was just 24, back in December 2007

Since she has investigated the origins and spread of zoonotic diseases, animal diseases that transfer to humans, and last year was an associate producer on Cows, Cash & Cover-ups? Investigating vCJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease), which explored calls for a criminal inquiry to be held to examine the handling of the BSE crisis by the government and authorities in the farming and food industries.

Christine and Andrew xmas New York, Central Park

Christine said: ‘Zoonotic diseases, animal diseases that transfer to humans are avoidable, and as a journalist I have been investigating their origins and the way they are enabled by government policy for over a decade.

‘In 2018 the World Health Organisation published a paper on the prevention of pandemics they said one of the risk factors was intensive farming. The report stated that emerging viruses were mostly zoonotic diseases. Animal disease transferred to humans includes BSE, Swine Flu, Avian flu and of course Covid-19.

Chrisitne filming with BBC1 Countryfile

‘The more cattle, farmed animals that are squashed together in smaller spaces on large farms with most of the animals genetically similar and encroaching on wildlife habitats, the more likely there will be new zoonotic diseases.’

Christine featured on BBC1’s Countryfile last week to talk to presenter Tom Heap about zoonotic diseases

‘Food has become a product driven by big business and shareholders profits, when food for our families should be nourishing, sustainable and most importantly safe.

christine interview countryfile 13th September 2020 zoonotic diseaseWe must respect animal health and wellbeing, human health, our environment and planet otherwise I fear we may have regular and global cycles of social and economic lockdown due to emerging and preventable animal diseases.

‘This is not a legacy I want for now or for future generations.’

SUNDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER 2020 

I have been filming with BBC1 Countryfile and the TV package broadcast this evening at 6pm, see below. I discuss zoonotic diseases, animal diseases that have transferred to humans. Zoonotic disease include BSE, Avian Flu, Swine Flu and of course Covid-19. I talk about emerging diseases, government cutbacks, encroachment of wildlife and a developing crisis awaiting the next pandemic?

WEDNESDAY 2nd September 2020

Today would have been my only son Andrew’s birthday. As the years pass I miss him more, not less. The conversations never said, the laughs never heard, the hugs never received. The days, week, months and now years that were unlawfully taken from my Andrew.

Love always to my son on this his birthday, still missing you so much.

Mumx

FRIDAY 31ST JULY 2020

The same  calming rhetoric used to disguise and hide the dangers of BSE now being used during the Covid-19 pandemic? See this timely  newspaper report below. What does the ‘best scientific advice’ mean? Is it meaningless when its manipulated by civil servants and politicians to fit policy!?

THE GUARDIAN

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/23/bias-science-bse-coronavirus-crisis

Bias in ‘the science’ on coronavirus? Britain has been here before

Lessons about scientific transparency from the BSE scandal have been forgotten as the government grapples this crisis

Last modified on Fri 24 Jul 2020 21.17 BST

It became the defining moment of the BSE crisis. In an attempt to persuade the public that it was perfectly safe to eat beef, the then agriculture minister, John Gummer, fed his four-year-old daughter a burger on camera in 1990. Six years later, the government admitted there was a link between eating infected beef and the brain disease vCJD, though thankfully the numbers affected were relatively small. Nevertheless, the scandal eroded public trust in government public health messaging, with knock-on effects on parents’ perception of government advice during the MMR scandal, a few years later.

The Gummer moment should serve as a warning to politicians about what happens if they seek to patronise the public with assurances that are not backed up by science. Yet there are already several candidates for the coronavirus equivalent. Will it be Boris Johnson boasting of “shaking hands with everybody” on 3 March? His claim on 12 March that banning large events would have little effect? Or his assurances that the government will avoid another national lockdown?

The public inquiry into the BSE scandal resulted in a 16-volume report that called for greater transparency in the production and use of scientific advice, and for the public to be treated like grownups who can understand uncertainty. Twenty years later, those lessons appear to have been forgotten.

One of the questions already being asked is why the government took so long to implement a full lockdown. There were two narratives that emerged from the government’s science advisers in the early days: that it would be wrong to suppress the spread of Covid-19 altogether as this would prevent “herd immunity” building up, and that the public would only tolerate a lockdown for so long. In a programme for Radio 4 this week, I looked at where this pseudo-scientific idea of “behavioural fatigue” came from: none of the behavioural scientists I interviewed – including those who sit on Sage’s behavioural science subcommittee – knew. Similar questions remain about exactly how the idea of pursuing herd immunity emerged.

One thing is clear. The government’s science advisers are repeating the mistakes of the BSE crisis – confusing a lack of evidence of risk or benefit for a lack of risk or benefit altogether. The deputy chief medical officer, Jenny Harries, asserted back in March that mask wearing was “not a good idea” for members of the public because it could increase the risk of contracting the virus. The developing evidence base on masks contradicts this. Others have made the same error: the World Health Organization has for months insisted that Covid-19 is transmitted through droplets when people cough or sneeze, rather than through much finer aerosols that can linger in the air for longer. But there was little certainty around this, and new evidence suggests that aerosol transmission may indeed be an issue.

At the root of all this is the nature of scientific knowledge. It is rarely black and white, and this is never truer than with a new disease, what the science historian Lorraine Daston has dubbed an “empirical ground zero”. That ground zero entails a high degree of uncertainty, which paves the way for human bias. The paradox of science is that it is that while it aspires to peeling away bias to leave knowledge that is pure and true, it is practised by human beings who are as subject to biases as the rest of us.

As understanding of the problem of bias in science has grown, there has been much soul-searching about how to reduce it by improving the way research gets reviewed and scrutinised. But there has been much less focus on how to eliminate bias from the production of scientific advice for government.

A brilliant scientist will not necessarily be a brilliant scientific adviser. An adviser needs to be able to communicate findings outside their area of expertise, to juggle contradictory views, and to act as a conduit between academia and high politics. And there are structural incentives towards bias in scientific advice. Politicians suffer from confirmation bias – looking for evidence that supports their worldview. Boris Johnson – a self-professed libertarian aware of the economic risks of Brexit – would hardly have been keen to shut down the economy; little wonder the flawed ideas of behavioural fatigue and herd immunity got traction. Politicians also like certainty: despite Brexiteer scepticism about experts, this government has used the mantra that it is “following the science” as a shield for its political decision making.

But scientific advisers can also be complicit. Peter Lunn, a behavioural scientist who advised the Irish government there was no evidence for behavioural fatigue, told me that in his experience, scientists tend to be more strident in communicating evidence if they know it will chime with what politicians want to hear. This is why there needs to be more transparency about the processes through which scientific advice feeds into decision making.

The role of Sage versus the role of the chief scientific adviser, at present Patrick Vallance, is too fuzzily defined. Sage was set up as an ad hoc group with a rotating cast of scientists, yet is being held collectively accountable in a way that does not reflect this status. Its minutes are now being published, but do not adequately express dissenting opinion. We know too little about how the chief scientific adviser, who chairs Sage, funnels its range of opinions into government. It would create much clearer lines of accountability if Vallance’s advice, drawing on Sage input, was published as such. But the only way to get a sense of that advice in real time has been when he stands at a Downing Street podium, a troubling politicisation of the independent scientist’s role. This is even more troubling given reports that the chief nursing officer was dropped from press conference line-ups after she refused to back Dominic Cummings over his breach of lockdown guidelines.

The lack of clarity also fails to protect scientific advisers from accusations of bias. For instance, back in March, Vallance – who says his job is to speak scientific truth to power – was seen as a favourite for the role of chief executive of UK Research and Innovation, a £7bn -a-year science funding body, an appointment that Cummings, obsessed with science policy, would have likely had influence over. This would be a tricky position for anyone to negotiate, regardless of their integrity, and greater transparency would have insulated Vallance from the accusation that it might have affected his ability to deliver difficult messages.

Certainty comes across as authoritative, even when it is anything but. It is not just the government’s advisers who fall prey to this; some of its strongest scientific critics have also downplayed uncertainty. There are those who are keen to pin 100% of the blame on the politicians, and those who would rather it was all laid at the door of their scientific advisers. But I suspect any inquiry will produce lessons eerily similar to those of the BSE report. Back then, the absence of systems to protect scientific advice from bias were partly to blame. It seems not much has changed.

  • Sonia Sodha is a Guardian columnist

FRIDAY 3rd JULY 2020

A French lab technician died  of vCJD in 2019, 7.5 years after she cut herself in a lab whilst handling mice infected with BSE.  The woman was just 24 years old when she was infected and died when she was 31 years old. This shows how dangerous BSE is even within a bio-hazard environment.

This new research below highlights that scientists and governments are still researching BSE and its on-going consequences to humans and animals globally, and the ease with which the rogue prions that cause vcjd can be transmitted to humans. Via fluids, blood, droplets, medical proceedures and other events in which medics, scientists, care workers and those working in abattoirs and meat markets can be exposed

Variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob Disease Diagnosed 7.5 Years after Occupational Exposure

July 2nd 2020

Variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease was identified in a technician who had cut her thumb while handling brain sections of mice infected with adapted BSE 7.5 years earlier. The long incubation period was similar to that of the transfusion-transmitted form of the disease.

TO THE EDITOR:

We report a case of variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD) that was plausibly related to accidental occupational exposure in a technician who had handled murine samples contaminated with the agent that causes bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) 7.5 years earlier.

In May 2010, when the patient was 24 years of age, she worked in a prion research laboratory, where she handled frozen sections of brain of transgenic mice that overexpressed the human prion protein with methionine at codon 129. The mice had been infected with a sheep-adapted form of BSE. During this process, she stabbed her thumb through a double pair of latex gloves with the sharp ends of a curved forceps used to handle the samples. Bleeding was noted at the puncture site.

In November 2017, she began having burning pain in the right shoulder and neck. The pain worsened and spread to the right half of her body during the following 6 months. In November 2018, an examination of a sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) obtained from the patient was normal. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain showed a slight increase in the fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) signal in the caudates and thalami (Fig. S1A and S1B in the Supplementary Appendix, available with the full text of this letter at NEJM.org). In January 2019, she became depressed and anxious and had memory impairment and visual hallucinations. There was hypertonia on the right side of her body. At that time, an analysis of CSF for 14-3-3 protein was negative. In March 2019, MRI showed an increased FLAIR signal in pulvinar and dorsomedial nuclei of thalami (Fig. S1C through S1E).

The patient was found to be homozygous for methionine at codon 129 of the prion protein gene without mutation. An analysis of a sample of CSF on real-time quaking-induced conversion analysis was negative for a diagnosis of sporadic CJD. However, an analysis of plasma and CSF by means of protein misfolding cyclic amplification was positive for the diagnosis of variant CJD (Figure 1A and 1B). The patient died 19 months after the onset of symptoms. Neuropathological examination confirmed the diagnosis of variant CJD (Figure 1C and 1D). Western blot analysis showed the presence of type 2B protease-resistant prion protein in all sampled brain areas. The clinical characteristics of the patient and the postmortem neuropathological features were similar to those observed in 27 patients with variant CJD who had previously been reported in France.1 (Additional details are provided in the Supplementary Appendix.)

There are two potential explanations for this patient’s condition. Oral transmission from contaminated cattle products cannot be ruled out because the patient was born at the beginning of the French BSE outbreak in cattle. However, the last two patients who had confirmed variant CJD with methionine homozygosity at codon 129 in France and the United Kingdom died in 2014 and 2013, respectively, which makes oral transmission unlikely. In France, the risk of variant CJD in 2019 was negligible or nonexistent in the post-1969 birth cohort.

Percutaneous exposure to prion-contaminated material is plausible in this patient, since the prion strain that she had handled was consistent with the development of variant CJD.3 The 7.5-year delay between the laboratory accident and her clinical symptoms is congruent with the incubation period in the transfusion-transmitted form of the disease. The ability of this strain to propagate through the peripheral route has been documented, and experimental studies with scrapie strains have shown that scarification and subcutaneous inoculation are effective routes.4,5 The last known Italian patient with variant CJD, who died in 2016, had had occupational contact with BSE-infected brain tissues, although subsequent investigation did not disclose a laboratory accident (Pocchiari M, Italian Registry of CJD: personal communication). Thus, the last two cases of variant CJD outside the United Kingdom have been associated with potential occupational exposure. Such cases highlight the need for improvements in the prevention of transmission of variant CJD and other prions that can affect humans in the laboratory and neurosurgery settings, as outlined in the Supplementary Appendix

Jean-Philippe Brandel, M.D. Assistance Publique–Hôpitaux de Paris, Paris, Franc

  1. Bustuchina Vlaicu, M.D. Groupe Hospitalier Nord-Essonne, Orsay, Franc

Audrey Culeux, B.Sc. INSERM Unité 1127, Paris, Franc

Maxime Belondrade, M.Sc. Daisy Bougard, Ph.D. Etablissement Français du Sang, Montpellier, Franc

Grznarova, Ph.D. Angeline De

TUESDAY 16th JUNE 2020

THIS IS HOW THE  UK CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT IS ACTING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY TO SECURE A TRADE DEAL WITH TRUMP.

SE SKY NEWS REPORT BELOW.

BREXIT IS LOOMING AT THE END OF THIS YEAR AND TRUMP KNOWS BORIS JOHNSON AND HIS GOVT ARE LOOKING TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE,UK PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST.

Christine with Len MCluskey Gen Sec UNITE Labour Conference, Brighton, UK.

 NEXT THE NHS WILL BE ON THE TABLE! 

SKY NEWS 

US trade deal ‘could pose greatest risk to UK food since BSE crisis’

https://apple.news/AKeAbFa4ATFKOYSAydNxTgA

BSE killed my son. Mad cow disease & Covid-19 zoonotic diseases. 95 million US cattle just 10 thousand tested yearly for BSE

US trade deal ‘could pose greatest risk to UK food since BSE crisis’

Consumer group Which? is warning the government not to allow in chlorinated chicken and hormone-fed beef.

amara Cohen

Political correspondent @tamcohen

SKY NEWS

Monday 15 June 2020 07:22, UK

The government says it is ‘firmly committed to upholding our high environmental, food safety and animal welfare standards outside the EU’

A US trade deal could pose the greatest risk to food safety since the mad cow disease crisis 20 years ago, the government has been warned.

Consumer group Which? has written to International Trade Secretary Liz Truss as a new round of negotiations gets under way between US and UK officials.

The letter, seen by Sky News, raises concerns that the government has changed its stance on animal welfare and food safety in order to strike a US trade deal.

Research by Which? shows that 72% of the British public do not want products such as chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-fed beef to be allowed on sale in the UK at all.

In his election manifesto, Boris Johnson promised the UK would “not compromise on our high environmental protection, animal welfare and food standards”.

Liz Truss is about to enter a second round of trade talks with the US

But recent attempts by MPs to insert a permanent ban into legislation have failed, and ministers are understood to be considering proposals to allow in some of these products

Sue Davies, head of consumer protection and food policy at Which?, told Sky News: “We’re very concerned that the government seems to be backtracking on its commitments.”

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In a letter to Ms Truss, she wrote: “The UK should be proud of the strides we have made over the past two decades to ensure that wherever people buy and eat food it is underpinned by robust safety, quality and welfare standards.

“Since the BSE crisis, the UK has led a food safety revolution that has given us an enviable system across the food chain.

“This could all be at risk depending on the approach that the government takes when it begins a second round of trade talks with the US on Monday.”

Which? urges the government to “leave the issue out of trade deals altogether”, but US trade deals tend to prioritise giving American farmers access to new markets.

In a newspaper article in January, US ambassador Woody Johnson argued that chlorinated chicken is safe and must “absolutely be included” in the talks on a US trade deal.

Consumer group Which? has raised concerns

Free market Tory MPs, including some in the cabinet, are open to overturning the UK’s ban on these products and allowing shoppers to make their own choice.

To prevent UK farmers being undercut, one proposal under consideration is a “dual tariff” system whereby any imported US meat produced using these controversial methods would be slapped with a high tariff.

Meanwhile, produce which meets current UK standards would be charged at a lower rate, or exempt.

Ms Davies said letting these products into the UK at all would create a “two-tier system” whereby cheap food – available in schools and NHS canteens for example – would have lower standards.

Chlorine-washing chicken is done to eliminate infection, and hormones are given to animals to boost yield, but campaigners say these practices allow lower welfare standards and poorer hygiene in the farming process.

‘No health problems with chlorinated chicken’ – govt’s chief scientific adviser

A government spokesperson said: “We remain firmly committed to upholding our high environmental, food safety and animal welfare standards outside the EU, and the EU Withdrawal Act will transfer all existing EU food safety provisions, including existing import requirements, on to the UK statute book.

“These import standards include a ban on using artificial growth hormones in domestic and imported products and set out that no products, other than potable water, are approved to decontaminate poultry carcasses.

“Any changes to existing food safety legislation would require new legislation to be brought before this parliament.”

The spokesperson added that UK food standards are overseen by the Food Standards Agency whose decisions “will be made separately from any trade agreement”.

Ms Truss, who represents a rural constituency in Norfolk, said last month that a US trade deal would represent a “huge opportunity for all farmers” to reach new markets, and that standards would be set so that “British farmers are always able to compete”.

But some senior Tory MPs fear the government is prepared to use its 80-seat majority to end the ban in order to strike a deal with the US.

Today’s second round of talks will last two weeks, with around 100 negotiators on each side meeting remotely.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Theresa Villiers arrives for a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, London.

Theresa Villiers wants the UK to keep its ban on chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-fed beef

Former environment secretary Theresa Villiers wants the UK to keep its ban on chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-fed beef.

She said: “I was very clear that the bans must remain in place. But there seems to have been a change and the government is not giving the assurances which I was that these bans will remain on the statute book.

“An unprecedented coalition of farmers, environmentalists and welfare campaigners are saying we should uphold our values and reflect them in our trade policy.

“Our negotiating team should not sell those short and should be prepared to walk away if the Americans make unreasonable demands.”

The BSE, or mad cow disease, crisis in the 1980s and 1990s was devastating for UK farmers.

Over four million cows were slaughtered to contain the outbreak.

British beef exports were banned by many countries for years afterwards, and it led to much tighter food standards in the UK.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 10TH 2020

Legal action to stop housing development being built on land that was used  process cattle during the BSE epidemic near Canterbury, Kent, UK.

‘ BSE rogue prions that cause BSE in animals and the human form of mad cow disease cannot be destroyed by sterilisation, temperature, or time. Rogue prions have no DNA and are virtually indestructible. Living in soil for decades perhaps forever. Plants and other wildlife have been affected. Now houses with gardens in which children will play, flowers and food may grow are being considered by Ashford Borough Council, perhaps councillors and their families would like to live on this land, or the developers children and nearest?’ Christine LORD 10th June 2020

Homes plan at Thruxted Mill near Canterbury faces High Court challenge

KENT TRAVEL NEWS ONLINE

ByGerry Warren

arren@thekmgroup.co.u

Published: 06:00, 01 June 2020

A legal challenge in the High Court has halted a planned housing development on the site of a former animal rendering plant.

It follows the granting of planning permission in 2018 for up to 20 homes at Thruxted Mill at Godmersham, near Canterbury, where cattle infected with BSE – known as mad cow disease – were processed.

Thruxted Mill near Canterbury

There are widespread concerns the ground remains contaminated but the Secretary of State later determined an environmental impact assessment was not necessary.

Now, a High Court judge has ruled that although the minister had recognised the issue of contamination required further investigation, there was a lack of any expert evidence on relevant remediation measures and he “was not in a position to make an informed judgment”

Ashford Borough Council has been told that before the matter can be reconsidered for planning permission, a full environmental impact assessment is required.

The government decision was challenged by local resident Camilla Swire, who said the planning permission was “flawed” and sought legal advice on the environmental aspect of the decision.

“Hopefully this clear-cut case will make a difference to planning and environmental law,” she said.

“Something does need to be done with Thruxted Mill, but the housing as proposed doesn’t make sense.”

Planning and environment specialist solicitor Richard Buxton, who advised Mrs Swire on the challenge, added: “This judgment is a useful ‘red line’. Too often development schemes get away with promises of assessment further down the line and in practice it is very difficult for councils to police them.

“Proper assessment before planning permission tends to lead to better development, respectful of neighbours and the natural environment”.

The plant closed more than 10 years ago, having been a blight on the local community, which complained about the smell and lorries bringing dead livestock to the site.

WEDNESDAY 27th May 2020

A cow in Ireland that died before the farmer called the authorities was diagnosed with Mad Cow Disease on 22nd May 2020. 73 other cows in the herd continue to produce food for human consumption?

BSE is a zoonotic disease like Covid-19 both diseases avoidable caused by global government policies centred on profit not health. Will the current pandemic be a ‘wake-up call’ for global organisations and governments or just two of many lethal man-made diseases we will face over the coming decades? As Trump, Boris Johnson and many other world leaders look towards profit and booming business instead of caring about human, animal health and the importance of our environment.

https://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public/wahid.php/Reviewreport/Review?page_refer=MapFullEventReport&reportid=34431&newlang=en

– IRL 22/05/2020 Alert/Alerte/Alerta – Bovine spongiform encephalopathy/Encéphalopathie spongiforme bovine/Encefalopatía espongiforme bovina

WEDNESDAY 13TH MAY 2020

My article in ‘THERAPY TODAY’ Pandemic Issue was published this month, see link below. Citing the common themes between Covid-19 and BSE, and also the medical students I am working with at University as their mentor/counsellor.

https://www.bacp.co.uk/bacp-journals/therapy-today/2020/may-2020/in-focus/

TUESDAY 14th April 2020

Coronavirus lock down continues in the UK as the deadly zoonotic disease spreads across the globe. Lessons have not been learnt from BSE epidemic, as Toby Ord wrote in the Guardian Newspaper 8th March 2020, ‘our farming practices have created vast number of animals living in unhealthy conditions within close proximity of humans. Many major diseases originate in animals before crossing over to humans’. 

Covid-19 is another zoonotic disease just like BSE and the human form of mad cow disease is another disease waiting to explode in the future. Below is an article from Reuters showing how low paid workers in the meat industry are turning up sick because they cant afford not to work and not being given specialised equipment to prevent transmission of the coronavirus as they prepare food for human consumption.

REUTERS 14th April 2020

Low paid workers are the ‘canaries in the mine shaft’ no lessons have been learnt since BSE another avoidable zoonotic disease like Covuid-19. Whilst the rich and powerful remain in their mansions till the virus has ended its deadly course.

‘Elbow to elbow:’ North America meat plant workers fall ill, walk off jobs

Tom Polansek, Rod Nickel

CHICAGO/WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – At a Wayne Farms chicken processing plant in Alabama, workers recently had to pay the company 10 cents a day to buy masks to protect themselves from the new coronavirus, according to a meat inspecto

In Colorado, nearly a third of the workers at a JBS USA beef plant stayed home amid safety concerns for the last two weeks as a 30-year employee of the facility died following complications from the virus.

And since an Olymel pork plant in Quebec shut on March 29, the number of workers who tested positive for the coronavirus quintupled to more than 50, according to their union. The facility and at least 10 others in North America have temporarily closed or reduced production in about the last two weeks because of the pandemic, disrupting food supply chains that have struggled to keep pace with surging demand at grocery stores.

According to more than a dozen interviews with U.S and Canadian plant workers, union leaders and industry analysts, a lack of protective equipment and the nature of “elbow to elbow” work required to debone chickens, chop beef and slice hams are highlighting risks for employees and limiting output as some forego the low-paying work. Companies that added protections, such as enhanced cleaning or spacing out workers, say the moves are further slowing meat production.

Smithfield Foods, the world’s biggest pork processor, on Sunday said it is indefinitely shutting a pork plant that accounts for about 4% to 5% of U.S. production. It warned that plant shutdowns are pushing the United States “perilously close to the edge” in meat supplies for grocers.

Lockdowns that aim to stop the spread of the coronavirus have prevented farmers across the globe from delivering food products to consumers. Millions of laborers also cannot get to the fields for harvesting and planting, and there are too few truckers to keep goods moving.

The United States and Canada are among the world’s biggest shippers of beef and pork. Food production has continued as governments try to ensure adequate supplies, even as they close broad swathes of the economy.

The closures and increased absenteeism among workers have contributed to drops in the price of livestock, as farmers find fewer places for slaughter. Since March 25, nearby lean hog futures have plunged 35%, and live cattle prices shed 15%, straining the U.S. farm economy.

North American meat demand has dropped some 30% in the past month as declining sales of restaurant meats like steaks and chicken wings outweighed a spike in retail demand for ground beef, said Christine McCracken, Rabobank’s animal protein analyst.

Frozen meats in U.S. cold storage facilities remain plentiful, but supply could be whittled down as exports to protein-hungry China increase after a trade agreement removed obstacles for American meat purchases.

“There’s a huge risk of additional plant closures,” McCracken said.

The latest came on Monday when JBS [JBS.UL] said it will shutter its Greeley, Colorado, beef plant, which accounts for about 5% of the country’s production, until April 24.

JBS previously had to reduce production at the facility as about 800 to 1,000 workers a day stayed home since the end of March, said Kim Cordova, president of the local United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union that represents employees. She added that the union knew of at least 50 cases and two deaths among employees as of Friday.

Plant worker Saul Sanchez, known affectionately as “grandpa” among some co-workers, tested positive for the virus and died on April 7 at 78 years old, according to his daughter, Beatriz Rangel. She said he only went from home to work before developing symptoms, including a low fever.

“I’m heartbroken because my dad was so loyal,” Rangel said.

Photo of farm worker with UK cow dying of BSE during the epidemic, many farmers and agriculture workders died of the human form of mad cow disease because they were not protected from the deadly disease.

Tuesday 17th March 2020 

The wording the experts and Boris Johnson used during the Coronavirus  press conference last evening  even the body language of the governments Chief Medical Advisors, had so many similarities and terrible ironies with the handling of the BSE crisis. Lack of leadership, the public unsure, mixed messages, secret meetings and medical science presented as reliable fact.

When over 200 UK  top scientists have disagreed with the free movement of UK population during this lethal pandemic.

Last night Johnson and his team, ‘suggested’ that people stay away from public places, cafes, bars, theatre, whilst not putting in strong restrictions to shut these hot-bed of potential infection down. This means all these businesses forced to shut, due to lack of patronage will have great difficulity getting any money from their insurance companies.

Old people over 70 or those with underlying health issues are being told to self-isolate from Friday for up to 3 months. The previous press conference just a few days ago, Johnson and his medical experts stated ‘ we should all continue to go to work and mix until the end of April so that 60 percent of the population acquires Covid-19 and this will bring about ‘herd immunity’.

Unproven theory that would put millions in the UK at risk of dying from the cCvid-19 as there has been no scientific research/ evidence/ fact that a person once recovered from this virus would remain ‘immune’. The number infected and seriously ill some say as many as 4million people if this strategy remains would overhwhelm the NHS.

Schools remain open!

Meanwhile people are allowed and even encouraged to mix freely, when many scientists believe that lock down should have taken place weeks ago.  This has strong resonance with how the Tory Government handled the BSE crisis, ‘ wait see, gamnble with the public life and health’,  resulting in my son’s needless death. Now in 2020 1 in 2,000 of the UK population carry or incubate the deadly zoonotic disease human BSE.  BSE remains in our animals, waiting to explode in humans, and decimating deer, moose and other animals with it sibling disease CWD across USA, Canada and Europe.

Lock down in UK  regarding Covid-19 is the only way to prevent deaths. The  public have  started hunkering down voluntarily as work organisations protect their staff, by ensuring they work remotely from home. Yet no guidance from the UK government.

Coronavirus sweeps across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Eire. Numbers of infections continue to rise and people continue to die of Covid-19.

UK government remains weak, uncertain and allowing the public to make decisions without the backing of an economic plan to prevent millions of people losing their jobs.

Apparently the government is buying private beds from private health care hospitals for the NHS at over £24 m a day. Another scandal, with many in the establishment having shares in private health care and insurance.

I will write another blog when I feel it’s the right time. A huge wave a deadly virus called

Covid-19  will cross and destroy many people’s lives very soon,  another zoonotic disease which could have been prevented just like BSE.  How many more needless deaths this time?

Once again ordinary people will suffer and die, due to greed, UK and global government policies caring more about shareholders, big business making money than the environment, human and animal health.

I hope with all my heart that once this is over a ‘new world order’ of decent politicians and policy makers with the support  of activists and campaigners will make sure this never happens again and that our beautiful planet and lovely global family with all its people, animals, plants and life can finally breathe fresh air not pollutted by the many that hold power that care only about making money and value nothing that really matters.

Andrews baby shoes

Monday 16th March 2020 (morning) 

The global pandemic caused by a new deadly coronavirus, named Covid-19 is sweeping the world, killing people and infecting hundreds of thousands. The strategies being used by the current UK government and its Prime Minister Boris Johnson, echoes the ‘wait and see’ policy that blanketed the BSE epidemic. Currently the British Government is allowing the UK public to go about their daily lives spreading the infection. Schools remain open, people are being actively encouraged to attend events with thousands of participants. Therefore enhancing and enlarging the deadly virus withing UK communities. Those that are infected but not showing symptoms are creating a ‘whirlwind’ of needless seriously ill patients which the NHS will not be able to cope with. People will die alone at home with no medical intervention whilst Boris Johnson the rich and powerful will have the best health care and will ‘lock down’ during the worst of this pandemic.

As of this morning UK has over 1,100 positive cases of coronavirus and 35 people have died. The UK current Medical Officer is telling the UK public that allowing the infection to spread within our communities will result in a ‘herd immunity’ meaning 60 percent plus of people in the UK will become infected. There is no proof that Coronavirus provides ‘immunity’ once a person has recovered from the infection.

Over 200 hundred experts in infectious diseases, have stated that ‘herd immunity theory’ regarding coronavirus has not been tested and will result in  millions of people becoming seriously ill and possibly 500,000 UK people’s needless deaths.

Professor Roy Anderson told Thatcher during BSE that the way to contain the deadly mad cow disease was to test, trace and isolate. The proven way to beat any epidemic. He was interviewed by BBC1 last Friday and stated ‘ his alarm at the UK policy regarding Covid-19’.   Boris Johnson and his Conservative Government Policy is enhancing the infection and deaths.

Test, trace and isolate, has worked in China and in South Korea and has worked numerous times with other deadly infections. In China where the Coronavirus began the death rate has dramatically fallen, in South Korea this is happening too. The way to handle any deadly infection in humans is to test, trace and isolate not to amplify by allowing communities to mix with large groups.

Once again economics is coming before human health and the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his advisors are more concerned about infecting as many people in the UK as possible, people dying quickly so that those left can return to work asap. This is another experiment by a Conservative Government in the same way that BSE was allowed free reign during the 1980s and 1990s.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/15/uk-covid-19-strategy-questions-unanswered-coronavirus-outbreak?CMP=share_btn_link

WEDNESDAY 5th FEBRUARY 2020

Cow aged 13 years found with BSE in SwitzSwitzerland reports atypical BSE case in farm cow – OIE …

www.reuters.com/article/us-health-bse-switzerland-idUSKBN1ZZ2KN

PARIS (Reuters) – Switzerland has reported a case of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a farm cow, the World Organization for Animal Health (O

Information received on 05/02/2020 from Mr Hans Wyss, Chief Veterinary Officer, Schwarzenburgstrasse 161, Swiss Federal Veterinary Office, LIEBEFELD BERNE, Switzerland

Summary

Report type Immediate notification (Final report)

Date of start of the event 29/01/2020

Date of confirmation of the event 03/02/2020

Report date 05/02/2020

Date submitted to OIE 05/02/2020

Date event resolved 03/02/2020

Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease

Date of previous occurrence 03/2012

Manifestation of disease Clinical disease

Causal agent Prion (atypical BSE type L)

Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (advanced)

This event pertains to the whole country

New outbreaks (1)

Outbreak 1 Einsiedeln, Schwyz

Date of start of the outbreak 29/01/2020

Outbreak status Resolved (03/02/2020)

Epidemiological unit Farm

Affected animals

Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered

Cattle 68 1 0 0 1

Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1

Total animals affected

Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered

Cattle 68 1 0 0 1

outbreak statistics

Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*

Cattle 1.47% 0.00% 0.00% 1.47%

*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter

Epidemiology

Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection

Unknown or inconclusive

Epidemiological comments

Confirmation of atypical Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a cow on 3 February 2020. The 13 year old cow from a holding in the Canton of Schwyz was subject to emergency-slaughter on 23 January 2020. Samples of the brain stem were sent in for analysis and confirmed at the Swiss National Reference Laboratory for Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies. The sample tested positive in the rapid test for BSE “Priostrip BSE” and was confirmed by Western lmmunoblot. The pathological prion protein could be classified as (L) -Type BSE and therefore as an atypical case of BSE. The entire carcass was disposed of as category 1 material.

Control measures

Measures applied

Vaccination prohibited

No treatment of affected animals

Measures to be applied

No other measures

Diagnostic test results

Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result

National Reference Laboratory (National laboratory) Cattle western blot 03/02/2020 Positive

Future Reporting

The event is resolved. No more reports will be submitted.

https://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public/wahid.php/Reviewreport/Review?page_refer=MapFullEventReport&reportid=33179&newlang=en

 December 2019

‘The future of the vCJD epidemic is still uncertain, with recent estimations of 1 carrier of prion infection in every 2,000 persons who lived in the United Kingdom during the BSE epidemic (32). However, in a recent update from the same group, prions were detected in a cohort of persons born after the BSE epidemic, suggesting that the number of silent carriers of prions might be higher than originally anticipated.’

Monday December 16th 2019

This is the day my only son Andrew died, he was unlawfully killed by the Human BSE, at 9.25pm in the evening in 2007, he was just 24 years old. Human BSE, vCJD, the human form of mad cow disease, now repackage as prion disease. Even though as a family we had not eaten beef since 1988. But bovine material is in every part of the human food chain/environment, from toothpaste, medicines to baby cough mixture and vaccines.

Photo Andrew aged 18months his first Christmas snow with mum Christine

My son’s once healthy young body and brain was systematically destroyed over many months by the rogue prions that cause Human BSE. He went from a young man working in London in the media, full of life, promise and a great future to becoming totally paralysed with dementia within months of the disease symptoms becoming apparent. His healthy young brain was literally punched with holes by the lethal mis-folding prion that causes Human BSE.

Photo Andrew aged 21 years central London working for TalkSPORT UK national radio station

The consumption of infected beef, bovine material or ingestion via vaccines have been cited as the culprit. There has never been a court case to determine those responsible for the unlawful death of my son and so many other innocent people. There has been ‘ no duty of care’ accepted or recognized by  UK government ministers, scientists, officials, food and pharmaceutical corporation who allowed these lethal agents into the human food and medicine chain. Now 1 in 2,000 or more of the UK population many born after the BSE epidemic are either carrying or incubating the human form of mad cow disease, a legacy that has sprouted other prion disease in animals such  (CWD)  Chronic Wasting Disease in the USA in deer ( known as BSE on steroids). Globally we all face a ticking health-time bomb with the amount of lethal BSE/CWD material being processed into the human/animal food chain in 2019.

Placard/poster for www.justice4andy.com campaign at the recent demonstrations in central London 2019

All food and medicines for human consumption should never kill, and if they do those responsible should face criminal proceedings.  This has never happened, as with the powerful, wealthy and influential those in the frame for the corporate manslaughter of my only son Andrew, have been given a ‘get out of jail free card’ first with the Phillips/BSE inquiry and since by the many cronies and officials also implicated, the creatures of the night that still in (2019)  stalk/manage Whitehall and care little about members of the public, only money, promotion and keeping those in the establishment ‘above the law.’ As an investigative journalist I continue to uncover the truth about Human BSE its origins, those responsible and the lethal prion disease BSE and its many strains such as CWD Chronic Wasting Disease in deer, elk, reindeer and moose.

Photo Andrew as a 4 year old having fun on the beach 

With the recent  general election in the UK (12th December 2019) and the Conservative majority, the same cronies, mindset that allowed BSE to run riot in our food/medicine chain exists today. With the Conservative Party and Prime Minister Boris Johnson seeking a deal with Donald Trump to send knock down untested BSE US beef to the UK and venison from herds affected by CWD!  The USA under Donald Trump has sacked hundreds of scientists/experts in human mad cow disease/animal disease, there are also no precautionary principles regarding food safety in the USA. These lax regulations will be coming to UK shores so that once again the food corps and pharmaceutical giants will make a lot of ‘dollar’, at the risk of global human and animal health and well-being.

Andrew far left with friends

Today I remember my son for the handsome, happy, and full of life young man he was but, also the life he should have lived, the people he should have met, over sixty years of living he was denied.

Photo Andrew working in the studios aged 21 years old with best friend Sean Dilley (BBC)

Those that are named and shamed on this website who cared so little for my son and other victims lost lives and dreadful, painful deaths, are still being investigated by myself and other journalists.  Despite the threats. Intimidation and bullying by those responsible, I continue with my quest for justice and the truth.

My son was killed by corporate greed, ministerial knowledge that was hidden to protect the money making machines that are the food and drug industries.

One day in the not too distant future these men and women and their implicated family friends, cronies and employees will be brought to account in a court of law.

Crying is a way your eyes speak

When your mouth can’t explain how

Broken your heart is. (Anon)

Photo happy times with sister Emma, Andrew and mum Christine 

Remembering my Andrew with love, affection and longing always for him to be here alive, well and living his life with me his Mother, Sister Emma, friends, work colleagues and family.

On winter evenings when the mist hangs low

Over the reed beds and the reeds look blue

And chill, chill, chill

The wild ducks call each other

I shall remember you.

(Anon 5th Century Japanese)

Photo Andrew aged 23 2006 

Always holding your hand, my beloved boy Andrew. Mum x

TUESDAY DECEMBER 10th 2019

Preclinical Detection of Prions in Blood of Nonhuman Primates Infected with Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Volume 26, Number 1—January 2020
Research

Preclinical Detection of Prions in Blood of Nonhuman Primates Infected with Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Luis Concha-Marambio1, Marcelo A. Chacon, and Claudio SotoComments to Author
Author affiliations: University of Texas, Houston, Texas, USA (L. Concha-Marambio, M.A. Chacon, C. Soto)Universidad de los Andes, Santiago, Chile (L. Concha-Marambio, C. Soto)

Abstract

Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) is caused by prion infection with bovine spongiform encephalopathy and can be transmitted by blood transfusion. Protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA) can detect prions in blood from vCJD patients with 100% sensitivity and specificity. To determine whether PMCA enables prion detection in blood during the preclinical stage of infection, we performed a blind study using blood samples longitudinally collected from 28 control macaques and 3 macaques peripherally infected with vCJD. Our results demonstrate that PMCA consistently detected prions in blood during the entire preclinical stage in all infected macaques, without false positives from noninfected animals, when using the optimized conditions for amplification of macaque prions. Strikingly, prions were detected as early as 2 months postinoculation (>750 days before disease onset). These findings suggest that PMCA has the potential to detect vCJD prions in blood from asymptomatic carriers during the preclinical phase of the disease.
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Discussion

The future of the vCJD epidemic is still uncertain, with recent estimations of 1 carrier of prion infection in every 2,000 persons who lived in the United Kingdom during the BSE epidemic (32). However, in a recent update from the same group, prions were detected in a cohort of persons born after the BSE epidemic, suggesting that the number of silent carriers of prions might be higher than originally anticipated. Before 2017, the population at risk was believed to be restricted to persons carrying Met-Met at codon 129 in the PRNP gene, because all clinical vCJD cases occurred in 129 methionine homozygotes (129MM). However, the confirmation of the first patient heterozygous for the PRNP codon 129 (129MV) has altered that perspective (33). Therefore, 89% of the UK population (42% 129MM and 47% 129MV) exposed to BSE are potential carriers who could harbor prions in their peripheral organs and blood. The likely transmission of vCJD through blood components has been reported and represents a risk for iatrogenic transmission of this disease (1113,34). Although the policies implemented to control the BSE epidemic have contributed to the decline of vCJD cases (35), the number of persons silently carrying infectious prions in their peripheral organs and fluids is unknown. Therefore, a highly sensitive and specific detection method for prions is needed to screen the blood supply to ensure its safety.
The recent demonstration that PMCA enables the accurate detection of prions in blood of confirmed vCJD patients was a major milestone in the quest for a vCJD blood test. Independent studies from us and another group obtained a 100% specificity and sensitivity for vCJD prion detection in blood during the clinical stage of the disease (21,24). Given that the incubation period for some human prion diseases can be >50 years (36), a test to screen blood needs to detect prions as early as possible during the asymptomatic stage of the disease. To analyze the efficacy of PMCA for preclinical detection of vCJD prions, we used samples from nonhuman primates that were deliberately infected with prions, as well as blood collected throughout the incubation period. The study included samples collected >2 years before the first neurologic symptoms and as little as 2 months after animals were infected. Considering each replicate individually, sensitivity of the assay was 96% and specificity of the assay was 100%. Considering individual animals (samples collected in duplicates and quadruplicates), sensitivity and specificity both reached 100%. Macaque 1 showed lower levels of PrPSc in blood (Figures 2; 4, panel B; 7), despite the indistinguishable disease progression described by McDowell et al. between macaques 1 and 2 (25). The difference in PrPSc levels in blood is probably the result of intrinsic animal-to-animal variability, but it could be an indication that PrPSc levels in blood and brain are independent, given that all 3 macaques showed similar levels of PrPSc in the brain. It could also suggest differences in the clearance of PrPSc from brain to blood, perhaps indicating changes in blood–brain barrier tightness. The differences may also suggest different levels of peripheral prion replication. At this time we do not have enough information to distinguish among these possibilities.
Our results confirm and extend a previous report by Lacroux et al., who used a similar model in macaques infected with vCJD in which they detected prions 960 and 990 days before onset of the disease in 2 macaques, which showed clinical signs 43–46 months postinoculation (23). Given that we used an animal model experimentally infected with vCJD-BH, we cannot necessarily conclude that similar detection levels will be obtained in human samples. In addition, PrPSc detection does not necessarily indicate that the material would be infectious in vivo, considering that PMCA is orders of magnitude more sensitive than the infectivity bioassay (31). This finding raises a difficult ethical issue of how to deal with persons who return a PMCA-positive blood test, especially considering that no treatment is available for this disease.
Unfortunately, few blood samples collected from humans before vCJD developed are available to analyze the ability of PMCA for preclinical detection in humans. A previous study analyzed such samples from 2 donors and found them positive for PMCA (24). Overall, our results suggest that PMCA has the potential to be used as a screening method to improve the safety of the blood supply and perhaps as a tool to determine the prevalence of prion carriers in countries at high risk for vCJD (e.g., United Kingdom and France). Future studies should aim to confirm the high sensitivity and specificity of the assay using many human control samples and an alternative model for preclinical detection in blood, such as sheep transfused with blood from BSE-infected sheep. It will also be crucial to test all available samples from persons affected by vCJD who donated blood before the disease appeared. Finally, it is necessary to highlight that the principles behind PMCA may be also used to detect misfolded protein aggregates responsible for common neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, which also self-propagate by a prionlike seeding mechanism (37,38). We and others have shown that seeding amplification assays can be implemented to detect misfolded aggregates composed of amyloid-?, tau, and ?-synuclein in human biologic fluids (3944), suggesting that PMCA represents a platform technology for highly sensitive detection of misfolded proteins.
Dr. Concha is the senior scientist at Amprion Inc., in San Diego, CA, USA. His research is focused on the development of biochemical techniques for the detection of prionlike neurodegenerative diseases.
Photo of Emma with her big brother Andrew, Christmas 2004, 3 years before my son died of vcjd.

MONDAY DECEMBER  9th 2019 

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10471697/sickness-mad-cow-disease-spreading-deer/

I have been involved in the filming, research and contributed to a new Canadian film called ‘No Accident’ see details below. Chronic Wasting Disease in the USA is a pandemic among deer herds. CWD is the equivalent of BSE on steriods and poses lethal dangers to animals and humans.  Deer hunters have been reported as developing symptoms similar to vcjd and meat from affected CWD deer herds have ended up in the human food chain, namely food banks to support the poor. Huge fires and pyres of dead deer suffering from CWD have been torched across many states in the USA, the similarties to BSE is astounding, shocking and deeply concerning for human, animal health. Please take the time to watch the trailer of ‘No Accident’ the full film will be broadcast in 2020.

No Accident | International Documentary Association

www.documentary.org/film/no-accident

No Accident is one such story.Over explicit warnings by scientists that domestication fosters and accelerates diseases, game farming was legalized in much of North America in the late 1980s. Epidemics emerged almost immediately. The latest is Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), an elk and deer version of ‘mad cow.’ Untestable, untreatable …

THURSDAY OCTOBER 31st 2019 

BREXIT has now been extended to January 31st 2020 and with a general Election taking place in the UK on 12th December 2019, the UK is unsettled and chaotic and divisive in its politics, class and social awareness.

Trump has been having ‘secret’ talks with various UK ministers over cheap meat heading to the UK from USA shores. As the USA has no precautionary principle over its health and safety standards for its meat, knock down USA meat harbouring lethal and dangerous toxins and disease will be heading to our supermarkets post BREXIT, Only 20,000 US cattle are tested annually in the USA for BSE and there are 95 million head of cattle in America. Trump has and continues to cut experts, scientists in animal disease, and since the beginning of his tenure has shut down many scientific facilities which used to test and keep check of domestic and animal disease across the USA.

Below is news that the USDA is no longer considering tagging animals in the USA, ‘feeder cattle’ are also omitted from this proceedure. This will allow free movement of diseased, ill, potentially BSE infected aninmals.

T Kate Richer died of human mad cow disease

 Cow dying of mad cow disease, would you eat this meat or give it to your kids for tea? 

Trumps secret talks also include the privatisation of the NHS, there are huge amounts of money at stake for rich buisness people and US organisations to make a ‘killing’ at the expense of the UK public, especially the young, vulnerable, poor and the old.  The Daily Mirror headline news today is ‘BORIS AND TRUMP PLOT NHS SELL-OFF’  with the drive of US big Pharma companies hiking the price of medicines. Health and health care will then become only available to the rich and those with private health care. It will be the death-knell for the NHS and for many working class and poorer UK citizens and their families.

Boris Johnson and Donald Trump plot to sell-off NHS in £27bn trade carve-up

The Labour Party leader fears the health service could be thrown open to Big Pharma companies after Brexit

The NHS is at critical risk as Boris Johnson wields the national treasure as bait in trade talks with the US, Labour claims.

The health service could be forced to pay a crippling £500million a week more for medicines if thrown open to Big Pharma companies post-Brexit.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn today accuses the Tories of putting the NHS “up for grabs” as he launches Labour’s election campaign.

He pledges never to allow Donald Trump to get his hands on the health service for US firms in a trade deal.

It follows revelations that senior British civil servants have been in secret talks with US firms to discuss the NHS in preparation for a post-Brexit trade deal.

Jeremy Corbyn has said Boris Johnson cannot be trusted with the NHS – and pledges never to allow Donald Trump to get his hands on the NHS (Image: Xinhua/REX)
The Labour Party leader says the health service could be opened up to Big Pharma companies (Image: Peter Summers)

On the day the Prime Minister had promised a “do or die” Brexit , the Labour leader will say: “ Boris Johnson ’s planned sell-out deal with Donald Trump means yet more NHS money taken away from patients and handed to shareholders.

“The NHS is up for grabs by US corporations in a Trump trade plot.

“It has been revealed that the cost of drugs and medicines has repeatedly been discussed between US and UK trade officials. Labour won’t let Donald Trump get his hands on our National Health Service.”

As long ago as January, America’s pharmaceutical firms were asking the US government to ensure Brexit trade negotiations increased the price they can charge the NHS for drugs.

Corbyn said Labour will not allow Donald Trump to get his hands on the NHS (Image: Getty Images)

At a public hearing in Washington DC, Brian Toohey of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America moaned about price controls set by Britain. He went on to say the US-UK Brexit trade negotiations were “an important opportunity” to force the UK to pay the higher drug prices US manufacturers are desperate to charge.

He demanded “full market access for US products” and “competitive market-derived pricing”.

Without the price controls the NHS could be forced to pay hugely inflated American costs – which can be over 20 times more for some medication, costing the NHS billions.

Dr Andrew Hill of the University of Liverpool, an advisor to the World Health Organisation, said: “Our annual drugs bill for the NHS is £18 billion. If we had to have American drug prices we are talking about that going up to £45billion – or £500million a week extra for the NHS to pay.” When the PM went to the US in September he planned to tell business leaders Britain will roll out the red carpet for a trade deal, with tax breaks and fast-track public sector contracts.

And in June, Trump told a press conference in the Foreign Office: “I think everything with a trade deal is on the table. So NHS or anything else…everything will be on the table, absolutely.”

Mr Johnson, Health Secretary Matt Hancock and International Trade Secretary Liz Truss have all insisted the NHS is “off the table” in talks with the US when UK leaves the European Union.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2019

USDA Abruptly Halts Animal ID Plan As Experts Testify USA Underprepared For Bioterrorism Threats Such As BSE TSE Prion aka Mad Cow Disease

USDA Abruptly Halts Animal ID Plan
Greg Henderson
October 28, 2019 10:06 AM
APHIS says the need for ADT still exists. ( FJ ) USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Friday (Oct. 25) it has suspended its plan to phase-in the use of electronic ID (RFID) tags for cattle and bison.
APHIS said in a statement the policy shift was in response to executive orders from President Trump that have highlighted the need for transparency and communication of issues “before placing any new requirements on American farmers and ranchers.”
In April APHIS announced its plan for Animal Disease Traceability with a factsheet posted to its web site. The factsheet detailed USDA’s plan to transition to radio frequency identification (RFID) tags from metal ear tags for cattle and bison. At the time, USDA said it would stop providing free metal tags, though approved vendors would still be permitted to produce official metal tags for one year. On Jan. 1, 2021, USDA would end approval of vendor production of metal ear tags with the USDA shield.
The animal disease traceability (ADT) plan set January 1, 2023, as the date all animals that move interstate and fall into specific categories would need official, individual RFID tags. The plan specifically omitted feeder cattle.
In its statement withdrawing those regulations, APHIS said it has “listened to the industry’s feedback.”
One of the loudest voices against RFID was heard earlier this month when R-CALF USA filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Casper, WY, seeking to halt the plan. Joining the suit were the New Civil Liberties Alliance and rancher plaintiffs Kenny and Roxie Fox of Belvidere, SD, and Tracy and Donna Hunt of Newcastle, WY. The suit alleged the proposed requirements were in opposition to USDA’s own policy that had previously allowed the use of a number of different kinds of identification including metal tags.
In its statement Friday, APHIS said the factsheet was removed because it “is no longer representative of current agency policy.”
Despite the executive orders whitdrawing the ADT plan, APHIS acknowledged the continuing need for a national animal ID plan.
“While the need to advance a robust joint Federal-State-Industry Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) capability remains an important USDA-APHIS objective, we will take the time to reconsider the path forward and then make a new proposal, with ample opportunity for all stakeholders to comment,” the APHIS statement said. “We continue to believe that RFID devices will provide the cattle industry with the best protection against the rapid spread of animal diseases, as well as meet the growing expectations of
APHIS said USDA’s goals to enhance ADT have not changed, and the agency aid to:
Encourage the use of electronic identification for animals that move interstate under the current ADT regulation;
Enhance electronic sharing of basic animal disease traceability data;
Enhance the ability to track animals from birth to slaughter; and
Increase the use of electronic health certificates

MONDAY OCTOBER 7th 2019 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-brexit-environment-rules-trump-trade-deal-a9143221.html

“the international trade secretary, said scrapping the protections was “vital for giving us the freedom and flexibility to strike new trade deals and become more competitive”.

With the lowering of environmental and food safety standards to secure a deal with Trump/ USA after BREXIT, this will mean even more lethal diseases will be coming to a supermarket near you!

The USA have no precautionary principle regarding their food industry so it means animals that are called ‘downers’ that collapse due to exhaustion, illness or disease regularly enter the US human food chain. 95 million cattle in the USA and only 20,000 a year are tested for BSE and US cattle are still getting mad cow disease.

Across most of the states in Amercia deer, moose, elk and other wild animals that are being domesticated for human consumption are dying and developing CWD chronic wasting disease which is what experts call ‘BSE in steroids’. Deer with obvious symptoms are killed whilst the rest of the herd is being used to feed families across the US. Deer hunters are experiencing similar symptoms of cjd/human BSE. Yet the US government continues to look away.

A lethal pandemic in deer and other animals is scorching across the US and with a trade deal with TRUMP it be heading to UK shores post BREXIT. Photo  below is of young UK mum Sally who was dying of the human form of mad cow disease when she gave birth to her baby daughter Emily. Emily from birth has been disabled, Emily cannot speak, walk or eat. This is the reality of lower food standards to make the rich and shareholders richer whilst putting you and your family at risk.

SUNDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER 2019

Today I took part in the Brighton and Hove demonstration regarding food safety, women4europe and anti Brexit. There were hundreds of people marching along the seafront as the annual Labour Party Conference was taking place. Here are some photos above, me with union leader Len MCCluskey and below various other individuals and groups who took part. Never has the UK been more divided but, the demonstration brought lots of communities together all wanting a better future for our children and granchildren, A place where the air is clean, climate is considered, animal health is paramount and human health and our lives and families lives number one consideration and the profit of the few does not impact on the many.

Monday 2nd September 2019

Today is my son Andrew’s birthday, he was born at 1.20pm on 2nd September 1983.

Time does not heal the pain. The yearning to hear, see, touch and cuddle my beloved boy Andrew grows with each passing day, week, month and year. I cannot imagine my son a mature man as he died of human BSE when he was just 24 years old. On the brink of so much life and potential.

Andrew was my number one son, his sister Emma misses him more than ever.

Love always Andrew from Mum and Emma xx

“It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”

–John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

THURSDAY 8th AUGUST 2019

ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS SUMMER SHOW LONDON JUNE-12th AUGUST 2019

Christines documentary Cows, cash and cover-ups? featured as part of Roger Hiorns art

www.vanityfair.com/london/2019/06/the-a-list-the-best-culture-to-catch-this-week

PORTSMOUTH NEWS

A GROUND-BREAKING documentary about the human form of Mad Cow Disease (BSE) – co-produced by a Portsmouth journalist – will be included in London’s Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibition this year.Cows, Cash & Cover-ups? Investigating vCJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease), explores calls for a criminal inquiry to be held to examine the handling of the BSE crisis by the government and authorities in the farming and food industries. The film also asks how Brexit could escalate food safety problems.

https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/people/ground-breaking-documentary-on-mad-cow-disease-1-8943795/amp

Award-winning Portsmouth investigative journalist Christine Lord acted as associate producer. Lord lost her only son Andrew Black to the human variant of the disease vCJD in 2007 when he was just 24 years old.

  Ian Reddington narrator of Christine’s documentary Cows, cash and cover-ups?

Lord published a book Who Killed My Son? and launched justiceforandy.com to expose how the disease took so many lives.

Ian Reddington, known for Outlander, EastEnders and Coronation Street, narrated the independent documentary.

 Christine with Roger Hiorns

The film will form part of artist Roger Hiorns’ work ‘A Retrospective View of the Pathway’ at the Royal Academy.

UK Film Review has awarded the documentary five stars out of five. The review said: ‘A vital, urgent and frightening raising of an issue that we should all make it our duty to know about.

‘This documentary should be televised on the grandest scale and its story shared with as wide an audience as possible.

‘Scary and upsetting, Cows, Cash & Cover-ups? Investigating vCJD is essential coverage of an important but under-discussed subject people would rather believe a tragedy of the past, than a fear of the future.. The film is the first step into changing this mindset and is one hell of a powerful and well-researched achievement.’

Around one in every 2,000 people in the UK may carry vCJD proteins, according to a study published by the British Medical Journal. Long incubation periods for the disease mean that the true number of possible victims is unknown.

The Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission art show and has been running without interruption since 1769.

The show runs from June 10 to August 12, 2019.

FRIDAY AUGUST 2nd 2019 

Trump, EU officials announce deal to sell more American beef to Europe

European Union Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis and U.S. President Donald Trump look on after announcing a deal to sell more American beef to Europe as Jani Rappana, deputy head of mission at the Embassy of Finland in Washington and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer sign the pact in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., August 2, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump announced a deal on Friday to sell more American beef to Europe, a modest win for an administration that remains mired in a trade war with China, but he said tariffs on European auto exports remain a possibility.

The European Commission has stressed that any beef deal will not increase overall beef imports and that all the beef coming in would be hormone-free, in line with EU food safety rules. The deal needs European Parliament approval.

“The agreement that we sign today will lower trade barriers in Europe and expand access for American farmers and ranchers,” Trump said at a gathering of European Union officials and cowboy-hatted American ranchers in the White House Roosevelt Room for the announcement.

The agreement was then signed by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Stavros Lambrinidis, the European Union’s ambassador to the United States and EU representative Jani Raappana.

Trump joked that his administration was working with the EU “on a 25% tariff on all Mercedes-Benz and BMWs coming into our nation.”

“So, we appreciate – I’m only kidding,” he said to laughter.

But talking to reporters later, he said imposing the tariffs on European autos remained a possibility.

“Auto tariffs are never off the table,” Trump said. “If I don’t get what I want, I’ll have no choice but maybe to do that. But so far they’ve been very good.”

The beef deal could help alleviate some of the damage to the domestic agricultural industry because of tariffs Beijing has imposed on U.S products in retaliation for U.S. levies on China.

BBC News October 2018 report of cow with BSE Scotland UK.

Trump said in the first year duty-free U.S. beef exports to the EU will increase by 46% and over seven years will rise 90% further. “In total the duty-free exports will rise from $150 million to $420 million, an increase of over 180%,” he said.

Without mentioning China by name, Lambrinidis said the United States and Europe could work together to stand against countries that did not compete fairly in the global market.

“The agreement shows us that as partners we can solve problems,” he said.

QUOTA

EU sources and diplomats in June said a deal had been reached to allow the United States a guaranteed share of a 45,000 tonne European Union quota.

There are 17 U.S. slaughterhouses approved to export beef to Europe, run by companies including Tyson Foods Inc, National Beef Packing Company [NBEEF.UL], Greater Omaha Packing and JBS USA’s [JBS.UL] Swift Beef Company, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture records.

“Our ability to participate in trade with the EU over the years has been challenged by limitations,” Tyson said. “This agreement provides the opportunity for a more consistent flow of high quality beef product to meet customer and consumer demands.” Opportunities for U.S. meat producers to export beef to the EU under the quota have been inconsistent as other suppliers such as Australia, Uruguay and Argentina have been approved to ship under the quota. The U.S. beef industry believes spotty access to the market is a reason why more American farmers do not raise their cattle without hormones, which speed up growth. The EU bans beef from cattle treated with synthetic growth hormones.

The biggest problem with the European market has been the uncertainty,” said Kent Bacus, director of international trade for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, an industry group. U.S. farmers have suffered from trade disputes with other trading partners, including China and Mexico. China last year imposed retaliatory tariffs on American farm goods including pork.

Friday’s announcement coincides with Trump ratcheting up Washington’s trade dispute with China. On Thursday, he said he would impose a 10% tariff on $300 billion of Chinese imports from Sept. 1 and threatened to raise tariffs further if Chinese President Xi Jinping failed to move faster on striking a trade deal.

The dispute between the world’s two top economies has hurt world growth, including in Europe, as it enters its second year.

U.S. and European officials have sought to lay the groundwork for talks on their own trade agreement but have been stymied over an impasse on agriculture.

The agreement on beef could, however, ease tensions between the two sides, which are each other’s largest trading partners.

Uk cow dying of mad cow disease (USA has over 95 million cattle just 20,000 annually are tested for BSE and they still find cases!) (2019) (Christine Lord research  2019)

The Trump administration has been pursuing a host of new trade deals with Europe, China and others as part of the Republican president’s “America First” agenda as he seeks a second term in office, but difficulties in securing final pacts have roiled financial markets.

European stocks on Friday were battered by Trump’s latest salvo against China and Wall Street also took a hit.

UK protestors banner, people’s march 2019

TUESDAY 17th JULY 2019 

Cow in SPAIN with BSE 5th July 2019

Where is the research that says that atypical BSE is spontaneous and nothing to do with human mad cow disease? Would anyone in their right mind eat any of the other cattle in this infected herd? Well some families are, as many of the cattle in that herd have already gone to market.

Epidemiological comments
On July 5th, 2019, the Central Veterinary Laboratory in Algete (National Reference Laboratory for TSEs, accredited under UNE-EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard) received a nerve tissue sample suspected to be infected by bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) from the accredited Regional Laboratory for Animal Health in Lugo, Galicia (official regional laboratory), after a positive result was obtained through a HerdChek BSE-Scrapie Antigen Test Kit (Idexx Laboratories) rapid test.
The National Reference Laboratory carried out the confirmation tests authorized according to EU Regulation No. 1148/2014. The selected combined tests were ELISA, carried out by the regional laboratory (HerdChek), and Prionics Check Western Blot, and positive results were obtained for both tests. Afterwards, tests for BSE strain discrimination were carried out through hybrid immunoblotting with antibodies against PrP, confirming atypical BSE (H type strain).
The sample was taken within the national TSE surveillance program (sampling of dead or non-slaughtered for human consumption animals over 48 months old). The animal was a crossbred cow born on January 30th, 2001.
Uk cow dying of BSE, UK government said BSE posed no threat to human health for years, then young people started to die of human form of BSE, now 1 in 2,000 of the UK public are either carrying of incubating vcjd, human mad cow disease. ( Health Protection Agency research 2012)

Monday 16TH JULY 2019

My new documentary cows, cash and cover-ups? investigating vcjd is now part of this years Royal Academy of Arts Summer show until August 12th 2019 in central London.

PRESS RELEASE

vCJD / Mad Cow Disease Documentary Included in Royal Academy of Arts’
Summer Exhibition 2019
FOR IMMMEDIATE RELEASE
A ground-breaking documentary about Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), the human
form of Mad Cow Disease (BSE), will be included in London’s Royal Academy of Arts’
Summer Exhibition 2019.
‘Cows, Cash & Cover-ups? Investigating vCJD’ explores calls for a criminal inquiry to be held
to examine the handling of the BSE crisis by the government and authorities in the farming
and food industries. The film also asks how Brexit could escalate food safety problems.
Ian Reddington (known for Outlander, EastEnders and Coronation Street) narrated the
independent documentary.

 narrator Ian Reddington

The film will form part of artist Roger Hiorns’ work ‘A Retrospective View of the Pathway’ at
the Royal Academy. He was invited to participate in the exhibition by artists, curators, and
Royal Academicians, Jane and Louise Wilson.
Hiorns presents a simple and stark work that displays a QR code link to the film on an A4
polyester adhesive label.
The Royal Academy is a traditional establishment that has now shown its openness to this
new work, marking an exciting and thoughtful decision and one welcomed by the artist.
Hiorns said, ‘If the timeline of art that stretches into the future still values progress, the
vCJD work would occupy the sculptural space alongside a Richard Long or a Henry Moore. It
would deepen the understanding of our contemporary conditions of being in the world, and
participate in the desire to reorganise structures of hierarchy embedded into art history so
far.’
The film documents the experiences of families of victims who contracted the fatal disease.
Interviews with families from across the UK are featured alongside activists, artists, farmers,
professors and scientists.

Christine with director of Cows, cash and cover-ups? Joseph Mclean

UK Film Review has awarded the documentary five stars out of five, describing it as, ‘A vital,
urgent and frightening raising of an issue that we should all make it our duty to know about.
This documentary should be televised on the grandest scale and its story shared with as
wide an audience as possible.
‘Scary and upsetting, Cows, Cash & Cover-ups? Investigating vCJD is essential coverage of an
important but under-discussed subject people would rather believe a tragedy of the past,
than a fear of the future. [Director] McLean’s film is the first step into changing this mindset
and is one hell of a powerful and well-researched achievement.’
Joseph Andrew McLean of Partickular Films in Glasgow directed the documentary.

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Sutdent Kate Richer died of vcjd aged 22 years old, Kate’s parents are interviews in the film.

Award-winning Portsmouth investigative journalist Christine Lord acted as associate
producer. Lord lost her only son Andrew Black to vCJD in 2007 when he was just 24 years
old. Lord then published her book ‘Who Killed My Son?’ and launched justiceforandy.com to
expose how the disease took so many lives.