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JIFSAN TO PRESENT TSE WORKSHOP

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter May/June 1998 Volume XIII, No III

The Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN), a shared endeavor of the Food and Drug Administration and the University of Maryland, will convene a workshop June 8-9, 1998, in College Park, Maryland, concerning transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) with the collaboration of a number of government agencies and international organizations. The workshop will consider what is known and what is critical to learn about the potential risk of TSE transmission related to source materials, processing, and the use of end-products by animals and humans. The objective of the workshop is to define the state of current knowledge and to identify practical guiding principles for evaluating the risks posed by TSEs. Collaborators and sponsors include the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and international, academic, manufacturing, consumer, and governmental organizations. Workshop proceedings will be made available.

The workshop will consist of three interrelated activities. First, experts have been invited to make oral presentations on TSE risks related to source materials, processing, and end products. Second, an interactive web site and information resource currently under construction will enable participants and non-participants to learn what is known about TSEs and contribute data and concepts critical to the assessment of TSE risk. Third, registrants are encouraged to submit poster abstracts reporting on work related to the subject matter of the workshop. Authors whose abstracts are accepted by the program committee will be invited to present their work at a poster session/reception.

For TSE Workshop information, program and forms, visit their web site at http://www.life.