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November 18, 2020

USDA estimates nation has 4 to 7 BSE cases

first_img “The data shows that the prevalence of BSE in the United States is extraordinarily low,” US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Mike Johanns said at a teleconference this morning. Apr 28 USDA news release The estimate is based on testing of about 730,000 cattle since 1999, including 690,000 since June 2004, Johanns reported. The testing program was greatly expanded after the country’s first BSE case was found in a Canadian-born cow in December 2003. Two more cases, both in US-born cattle, have turned up since then. Apr 28, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – After close to 2 years of expanded testing, the US government is estimating that there are between four and seven cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) among the nation’s 42 million adult cattle. The prevalence estimate comes as the USDA continues to negotiate for reopening of the Japanese market to US beef. Japan banned US beef after the first BSE case was found in 2003. The ban ended in December 2005, but it was renewed in January of this year when some pieces of bone were found in veal imported from the United States. See also: The agency ran several additional sets of calculations to assess the effect of changing certain assumptions and to see what the estimates would be if up to three more BSE cases had been found. The resulting estimates ranged from 1 to 30 cases, and “strongly support the conclusion that the prevalence of BSE in the United States is below 1 case per million adult cattle,” the USDA report says. Johanns said he plans to share the prevalence estimates with Japanese agriculture minister Shoichi Nakagawa next week in Geneva and to explain the process for deciding on future surveillance. “I think he’ll be very, very pleased to see it [the analysis],” Johanns said. The USDA is looking to cut back the BSE testing program, but it will wait for an independent scientific review of the prevalence estimate, Johanns said. The agency hopes the review will be completed by the end of May. USDA used two methods to estimate BSE prevalence. The “BSurvE” method yielded an estimate of seven cases, while the “Bayesian birth cohort” method indicated four cases, according to the agency’s draft report. Dr. Ron DeHaven, administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), said the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has two sets of guidelines for BSE testing: one for initially determining the prevalence of the disease and another for “maintenance” surveillance. USDA will meet or exceed the recommended level of maintenance testing, he said. USDA officials refused to predict exactly how many cattle will be tested for BSE in the future, but they said the number is likely to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 40,000 per year, far below the level of the past 2 years. “Based on the current evaluation we estimate that number will be somewhere in the 40,000 animals per year level,” DeHaven said. The estimates did not factor in the first BSE case, since that was in a Canadian-born cow. With the inclusion of that case, the respective estimates were 11 and 5 cases. In response to questions, DeHaven said the USDA is currently testing 5,000 to 7,000 cattle per week at a cost of roughly $1 million weekly. “I would argue that there’s little justification for continuing surveillance at this [expanded] level once our analysis is affirmed by peer review,” Johanns said. Transcript of Apr 28 USDA teleconference Johanns stressed that the BSE surveillance program “is not part of our food safety protection.” The surveillance is designed to gather enough data to draw statistically valid conclusions about the prevalence of BSE, he said. Food safety, on the other hand, is ensured by the ban on use of nonambulatory cattle and high-risk cattle parts (specified-risk materials) in human food and the ban on feeding cattle protein to cattle, he added. “Science enables us to set a 95 percent confidence level in that estimate,” Johanns said. “In other words, we have an extraordinarily healthy herd of cattle in our country.”last_img read more

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August 15, 2019

Lender Price Partners With Mountain West Financial

first_imgLender Price Partners With Mountain West Financial in Headlines, News, Technology Lender Price, the California-based provider of digital lending technology and Mountain West Financial, a southern California-based mortgage lender have announced the successful rollout of Digital Lending Platform (DLP), Lender Price’s online borrower portal for Mountain West Financial.Lender Price said that DLP is a robust borrower engagement platform that automates and streamlines the mortgage loan application process. The platform integrates with loan origination systems (LOS) to create a seamless environment between the borrower, loan officer, and the lender’s operation staff, resulting in a smoother, more transparent, and faster mortgage closing process.”Our borrowers want a convenient and easy to use way to engage with us online,” said Mike Douglas, CEO of Mountain West Financial. “The reason we chose Lender Price is because their platform gave us the flexibility to create a process that doesn’t have a lot of ‘fluff’. We built an efficient workflow that encourages borrowers to complete the application while also ensuring that information was captured in our LOS in real-time.”DLP features digital verification services for assets, employment and credit reports, which intelligently fill out loan application data and drive more complete and accurate borrower submissions. DLP provides intuitive tools that allow mortgage lending institutions to create their own borrower experience without any technical know-how.”Our clients include several large banks and mortgage lenders that insist on controlling the borrower experience,” said Dawar Alimi, CEO of Lender Price. “We built tools that are specifically designed for non-technical people to create complex workflows within DLP. By giving our clients both the flexibility and control they want, we’re providing a sustainable platform because it can change and adapt to their needs over time.”The deep integration between DLP and Mountain West’s loan origination system provides borrowers visibility throughout the entire origination process. Loan status updates, document uploads, and even pricing engine access were built into the LOS integration. “Our borrowers are happier and it’s a tremendous time saver for our loan officers,” said Douglas. “We’ve rolled out to more than 150 loan officers across 30 branches and it’s been extremely successful for us. We know this is going to transform the way we do business.” April 11, 2019 797 Views center_img Borrowers lender price Lenders loans LOS Mountain West Financial platform 2019-04-11 Radhika Ojha Sharelast_img read more

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