Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Finns find Danish pork with MRSA - and half admit they have it too.

Finnish TV report on finding MRSA contaminated Danish pork on Finnish supermarket shelves and the differing reactions of the two supermarkets.

The very last sentence seems to suggest that the Finnish government Food Standards are following the British formula:

We have made sure we have not found it in our pigs, so we haven't got it, or maybe we have and expect to get caught!

It is almost, what used to be called, in happier days, an 'Ealing comedy.'

Finnish TV here, be sure to read in full, taking account that it is a mechanical translation to English.

News 15.12.2014 11:37 | updated 16.12.2014 9:53

S-Group guarded on super bacteria found in imported pork products

A representative of the food retail duopolist S-Group has played down. concerns about the MRSA super bacteria found in pork products imported into Finland. The food safety watchdog Evira found the antibiotic-resistant bug in meat products on sale at outlets across
the capital area.

An Yle check found that the S-Group's Prisma supermarket in Espoo is stocked with Danish Christmas hams, some of which were found to contain the difficult-to-treat MRSA bacterium.

The matter came to light when journalists from Yle's investigative TV programme MOT and its Swedish-language in-depth reportage programme Spotlight tested 25 packages of pork products from different parts of the greater Helsinki area...

...Immediately following the disclosures, Kesko, Finland's other main food retailer, announced that it was recalling the entire batch of pork products from supermarket shelves...

...S Group "won't necessarily take any action"...

...When MOT reporters pointed out that the decision could mean that consumers would be at risk of purchasing hams containing the stubborn bacteria, Ristaniemi responded:
"That's quite possible. We don't see it as a food safety risk," she added...

...MOT's journalists found no evidence of MRSA bacteria in Finnish meat products, however Evira said it would not rule out the possibility that the super bacteria could also be present in domestic meat. The food safety authority estimated that MRSA could be found in 15 percent of Finnish pig farms.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Denmark allows pig farmers to drop MRSA test.

The Danes are really desperate to hide the extent of MRSA in pigs and pig farmers, their staff and families, and veterinarians.

Not quite as desperate as Britain, where the veterinary establishment are so terrified of the public reaction, that they still claim no MRSA st398 has been found in any pigs on the island of Great Britain (Northern Ireland recently admitted some MRSA in piglets.)

We were amused to see the concluding references to Christmas on the Danish report.

Britain's dreadful manipulative agricultural ministry actually managed to announce on Christmas Day 2012 that the English milk supply was contaminated with MRSA st398.

We must make quite sure that they are questioned on that pantomime when they are finally called to account.

That story is here

A very nice Christmas present for the people of Britain from the protectors and cronies of drug dealers!

Over to Denmark and their brand of festive cheer. You can read the latest report here, be sure to read in full. It could be a seasonal comedy if it was not so serious.

Governing allows farmers to drop MRSA test

DVFA accept if pig farmers do not want to participate in a study ofresistant MRSA bacteria in the Danish stables. The investigation isdelayed.

By Adam Fribo December 10, 2014 at. 06:00

It is up to the farmers' own good conscience whether they will let DVFA make the samples should shed light on how widespread MRSA bacteria is in the Danish pig farms. According to an internal email correspondence from the DVFA, as journalists Nils Mulvad and Kjeld
Hansen had access.

"Legally, we are entitled to to force us access to this control. But it has been decided that we so far will not by force us access to the herd owners' desire, "it said in an email from 18 June.

Read also: Journalists convicted for publishing MRSA information

Veterinarian Stig Mellergaard from DVFA explains that it did not intend to force farmers to participate as pig-MRSA is not a particularly dangerous bacteria...

Friday, 12 December 2014

Pig MRSA - Danes bring the auditors in.

We are seeing new developments in the fight against livestock related disease, superbugs, in many countries including Britain, where the government brought in an economist, and now in Denmark where the auditors are on the job.

This whole business started for us when we tried to stop a British government veterinarian faking a test during an epidemic. It was obviously a routine practice. That is when the abuse, threats, libels and cover-ups started for us.

Since, we have learned that the veterinary industry worldwide is not just awash with drugs and drug dealing, but also with faked documents, fiddled figures and statistics, and constant disinformation. In short, organised veterinary crime misleading government and public.

If we want to stop it, government has to bring in the forensic auditors, not just to add up the cash, but to check the veterinary reports, facts and figures. The public statements are hopelessly inconsistent and contradictory.

It is a good development: too late, too slow, but still warmly welcomed.

From Denmark, we get the latest, of which we just quote a small part, be sure to read (mechanical translation) in full here:

National Audit dissects Food Administration in case of pig-MRSA

National Audit Office is surprised to Management Agency has not worked.

Signe Thomsen 

Journalist and on duty

National Audit Office has the past three months performed a feasibility study of the Food Agency's efforts to combat resistant bacteria from agriculture, including the multi-resistant pig MRSA.

READ ALSO Dan Jørgensen heralds huge increase of pig MRSA

The feasibility study is now leading to the National Audit Office will put a bigger investigating around in time, which is expected in autumn 2015.

"We believe that there are grounds to investigate the area further," said press officer Lisbeth Sørensen without wanting to get in on what it specifically for the characteristics that the National Audit Office will proceed with the case.

"We give our opinion not on the background, and we can not get into the ministries and agencies that will be involved in the investigation."

Professor Welcomes investigating around

In connection with the inquiry was launched, said the National Audit Office in an email to Politiken that it was the marked increase in the number of Danes who become infected with porcine MRSA, and a growing use of antibiotics in particular pig production - which can lead to the development of resistant bacteria - that got that body to take an interest in the matter.

National Audit Office had taken careful note of that, although the Food Administration since 2008 has implemented a number of initiatives to reduce the prevalence of resistant bacteria from agriculture, they do not leave to have worked. The feasibility study should, among other things to identify whether there was reason to scrutinize whether the Food Ministry has spent taxpayers' money in the best way or not, and the National Audit Office has therefore decided that there is a reason...

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Drug-resistant infections could lead to 10 million extra deaths a year

We woke this morning to a storm, with Britain, for once, leading an exposure.

It is Jim O'Neill and his report on Antibiotic Resistance, of course.

It seems appropriate to mark the occasion and to congratulate one of the most important journalists exposing the scandal with her book "Superbug" - Maryn McKenna, of course.

For this blog, it is 14 years of campaigning coming to a conclusion, quite soon perhaps, leaving behind a useful record of some significant events recorded on the newsgroup uk.business.agriculture and elsewhere - even Hansard at the House of Commons and OLAF the serious fraud squad of the EU.

The Guardian report of the latest news here is pretty comprehensive

Drug-resistant infections could lead to 10 million extra deaths a year – report

The Guardian 

Former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O'Neill, who chaired the report, said AMR represents a more certain threat than climate change in the short term. “We cannot allow these projections to materialise for any of us, especially our fellow citizens in the ...

Other typical headlines follow:

Superbugs to kill 'more than cancer' by 2050

BBC News 

The tide of drug-resistant superbugs threatens to overwhelm us ifaction isn't taken

ITV News 

Superbug threat to human race 'more certain' than climate change – inquiry chief


How superbugs could cost the world $100 trillion by 2050


Superbugs Could Kill Over 10 Million A Year

Sky News

That's enough: the headlines are circling the world faster than the writer can type.

What the reports do not yet do, as far as we can see, is make the link to the veterinary industry and their excesses.

That will follow very soon, with their drug dealers, and their associated criminal activities, coming under international scrutiny and being called to account.

Antibiotics have to be removed from veterinary control urgently and the proceeds of associated crime in Britain confiscated to help the NHS.

The problems for veterinarians will be deep and wide: the absence of antibiotics impacts veterinary practice even more seriously than human medicine - there is little veterinarians can do for animals without antibiotics.

So we are witnessing the beginning of the collapse, in total disgrace, of an industry that ruthlessly exploited their power and dominance.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Industrial Farming - Modern Slavery

Industrial scale livestock farming is not doing too well anywhere. Profits all the way through the system are down and the stress of over-borrowing is showing.

That's all a straight forward business situation common to any industry from time to time.

But farmers cannot make consistent money out of sick animals and the unusual structure of the pig and poultry industry, pretty well everywhere, means that the man who does much of the borrowing, does not call the tune.

They feel trapped: they are trapped in modern farm slavery by contract. We feel for the farmers. They have not been wise, but they were sold a pup: all risk with the real money lining the pockets of drug dealers and banksters. Some even finds its way into political campaign donations in Britain!

The story now breaking is from the USA, but it could be pretty well anywhere.

The story was published in two parts - a farmer driven to desperation speaking out, and bringing the film crews and reporters in. Then before the ink was dry, what may well have been retribution.

Fortunately, the US media jumped and went into overdrive to protect the whistle-blower.

In Britain, dreadful Defra and its drug dealer pals protect the slave masters with the vetocracy providing the enforcers.

You can get the story here. It's a good time to value and encourage a free press.

...The disagreement highlights the fraught relationship between modern contract farmers and the nation’s biggest meat companies. Farmers like Watts borrow millions of dollars to build large factory farms, but they never actually own the birds they raise. Instead, they sign a contract ... which deliver the live birds and pay the farmer to raise them. The companies also deliver chicken feed and send veterinarians by the farm to check on the birds and administer drugs if needed. Farmers like Watts have little freedom in choosing how to raise their chickens, and they have no control over the kind of bird that is delivered to their farm. Chicken farmers live in perpetual fear that companies will cancel their contracts, so they rarely speak with reporters...

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Pirbright Blunders "Does British Agriculture have a Death Wish?"

The answer to the question posed by Prof Richard Ebright "Does British agriculture have a death wish?" is "No."

British farming is preyed upon by a veterinary elite, that has long since lost any sense of integrity.

British livestock farming suffers by being effectively, albeit inefficiently, controlled by a corrupt and incompetent government ministry, aided by a huge number of dependent quangos, bullies, cronies, dubious charities and creepy publicists.

It is an empire of crime, propaganda and secrecy. Farmers dare not speak out and their organisations, who should be protecting them, are, by and large, useless.

Vastly expensive Maff-Defra, and its multitude of name changing institutions, are now so appalling that root and branch reform is quite inevitable.

Be sure to read the Guardian report, in full, here. We just give a single quote that took our eye:

"The problems at the AHVLA, now the APHA, may be tougher to solve though. “As long as the management remains, the same problems will recur,” Ebright said. “You either close the facility, redirect it or rebuild it, starting with new management. It’s not the managers who send out putatively inactivated anthrax, but they have allowed that to happen. There has to be accountability all the way to the top.”

Revealed: 100 safety breaches at UK labs handling potentially deadly diseases

Blunders led to live anthrax being posted from one lab and holes being found in isolation suits at a facility handling Ebola-infected animals.

Ian Sample, science editor

Thursday 4 December 2014 12.31 GMT

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Veterinary Drug Dealing "Incarnation of Evil."

The unexpected has happened again in animal health. Things go quiet, and all hope of ever dealing with veterinary crime, and the resulting human misery and deaths, departs. Then the light of real science and integrity shines through the darkness.

The French and Germans together, with the extremely critical Swiss, have started to move to stem the flow of antibiotic resistant disease from livestock to people.

The Scandinavians might still be squabbling, with the Danes in the dock, but now the heavyweights of Europe have started to move to get their veterinarians brought under proper control.

Incidentally, Germany seems to have only half the vets as the UK! How is that possible?

Die Welt, the top German paper, has published a series of stinging articles, naming names and exposing the vast profits that veterinarians make by selling antibiotics to industrial scale farming.

The more they supply, the bigger the discount from the suppliers and the more money they make. We are talking massive profits for endangering human health.

The major livestock veterinarians have every financial incentive to maximise the use of antibiotics.

Much of the information and the criticism comes from within the veterinary industry.

One veterinarian apparently even left Germany for England to avoid being involved!

That may have been a journey from the frying pan into the fire!

Anyway, here is a reference to help readers trace the story in Die Zeit.

"Continuously fabric by the doctor Without antibiotics, many animals would not survive until slaughter - a good deal for veterinarians BY CHRISTIAN FUCHS"

The writer was aware that discontent was rising in Germany and France and that protesters, usually other professionals, were working cross-border to get the sale of veterinary drugs out of veterinarian hands.

That won't be enough to solve all the problems, of course, but it is a necessary step to protect human health.

The Die Zeit articles and their content came as a surprise. We first saw comment published in English here, And now much re-published in the British media, reproducing comment supporting veterinarians from the German farmers' association.

Revered Paper Attacked For Antibiotics Prejudice28 November 2014

But, of course, it is very difficult for any farming publisher. They rely on advertising and you can see the huge share of journal income provided by the pharmaceutical industry.

Anyway, British veterinarians and dreadful Defra, Britain's appallingly corrupt farm ministry, will be well aware of the activity in Germany. They will not be happy. They still, improbably, claim that British pigs are free of MRSA cc398.

Maybe things are changing. The FSA, the closely associated British Food Standards Agency, stood their ground and published the results of the depressing campylobacter tests on chickens, naming names despite industry protests. (Tesco came out best!)

Food Safety and Public Health professionals in countries like Australia and Canada have long been highly critical of the performance of Britain's Food Standards Agency: in protecting human lives, in their secrecy and their grovelling towards an inadequate food industry. They also are asking some very interesting questions and giving some forthright advice to the consumer!

Read in full here.

UK supermarkets named and shamed over Campylobacter on chicken contamination

...Dear British public, be outraged, act, withhold your money until you can have confidence in what you consume. This may not be orthodox public health strategy but it is definitely what history shows works when standards are as dire as these results show them to be.

And here where Public Health England  apparently hid up an E.Coli outbreak:

UK E coli victims: Why didn’t Public Health England tell people about outbreak months ago?

...“Why does it need a newspaper to get involved for PHE to do something?"

So, in conclusion, on a wide- ranging blog: the long awaited animal health storm is now just off Britain's shore. The waves are lapping at the feet of a corrupt British veterinary industry, their front organisations, cronies and bullies, at a time when a British general election is looming.