RHCP With The Meters, Taj Mahal, Herbie Hancock & More Highlight Jazz Fest Weekend One Finale

first_imgNew Orleans Jazz Fest carried on in full force yesterday, bringing top-notch sets from hundreds of artists across a wide spectrum of genres. The sun was shining as tens of thousands packed into the New Orleans Fairgrounds for the finale of weekend one.Among the many highlights from the musical celebration was a Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter set, jams from Royal Teeth, J.Cole, Elle King, Taj Mahal Trio, John Mayall and so many more. Oh, and did you see members of The Meters and Dumpstaphunk joining up with Red Hot Chili Peppers to close things out on the main stage.Watch below:You can check out a small gallery of photos from day three below, courtesy of Marc Millman Photos: Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Keller Williams Announces First-Ever Instrumental Album & New Fall Tour Dates

first_imgSANS Track Listing1. Fat B2. Newness3. Ticks When Told4. Rosahamboagogo5. M&Ms6. Gracias Leo7. Sheebs8. Sorry From The Shower9. The Cabella VibeView All TracksKeller Williams Upcoming 2018 Tour DatesSeptember 7 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater *September 8 – Bellvue, CO – Mishawaka Amphitheatre *September 13 – Westbury, NY – The Space At WestburySeptember 14 – Easton, PA – One Centre SquareSeptember 15 – Greenfield, MA – Wormtown Music FestivalSeptember 20 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Eccentric Café – Beer Garden *September 21 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music & Arts Festival *September 22 – Columbia, SC – Glass Half Full #September 26 – Fredericksburg, VA – James Monroe High School: Fall FundraiserSeptember 29 – Oak Hill, WV – Adventure Grass FestivalOctober 5 – Ontario, CA – The Huck Finn Jubilee ^October 6 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly UpOctober 11 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music HallOctober 12 – Live Oak, FL – Suwanee Roots Festival *October 13 – Athens, GA – Georgia TheatreOctober 19 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn BowlOctober 20 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music HallOctober 26 – Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s AlleyOctober 27 – Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall *October 28 – Placerville, CA – Hangtown Music Festival *November 1-2 – Burnet, TX – UTOPIAfestNovember 3 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl *November 8 – Chicago, IL – City Winery %November 9 – Evanston, IL – SPACE %November 10 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark %November 14 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall *November 15 – Concord, NH – Capitol Center for the Arts *November 16 – Beverly, MA – Cabot Theatre *November 29 – Menasha, WI – Source Public HouseNovember 30 – Madison, WI – Majestic TheatreDecember 1 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cedar* – PettyGrass featuring The Hillbenders# – More Than A Little^ – Grateful [email protected] – Keller and The Keels% – Duo with Danton BollerView All Tour Dates Today, Keller Williams has announced a brand-new album, SANS, which will be released on October 19th. With an expansive catalog of 22 studio albums, SANS will mark Williams’ first-ever entirely instrumental release, offering fresh, innovative takes on eight numbers in addition to one completely new song. You can listen to a new rendition of “Ticks When Told”, which originally appeared on Williams’ acoustic album RAW, here.As Keller told Live For Live Music in a recent interview, “This is the first attempt at creating an instrumental record, and a lot of these songs are ones I have been playing for twenty years but have never seen a bass line or a drum part. It’s really fun to revisit these songs and make them new again by adding different parts while staying true to the arrangement.”He continued,It’s more like an attempt to release an album of music like the stuff I usually listen to. The music that I play and release is often different than the music I listen to, strangely enough. I’ve been listening to electronic music for the past fifteen years or so. This is moving forward in my tongue-in-cheek idea of making acoustic dance music. This is acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, and lots of groovy loops, samples, and live percussion. Basically, I’m trying to create a mixture of acoustic music and dance music, but using the acoustic guitar as the meat—the main ingredient.To celebrate the forthcoming release of SANS, Keller Williams will play a special album-release show at New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl on October 19th. Fans who pre-order the new album between now and September 24th will also be eligible for the “In the Gutter with Keller at The Brooklyn Bowl” contest, which will grant one winner an all-expense paid trip to the album-release party in Brooklyn.In addition to this album and its release extravaganza, Keller Williams will keep himself busy this fall, announcing a number of new tour dates. Given Williams’ broad range of projects, from September through December, Williams will be hitting the road and performing in various formats, including as PettyGrass with The Hillbenders, Grateful Grass, Keller and The Keels, More Than A Little, and a Keller Williams’ Duo with Danton Boller.You can check out the full track listing for the upcoming SANS below, in addition to Keller Williams’ newly announced fall tour dates. For more information and ticketing, head to Keller’s website here.last_img read more

Particle Announces First Studio Album In 14 Years, 2018 Fall Tour Dates

first_imgParticle Upcoming 2018 Tour DatesJul 26-27: Princeton, British Columbia, Canada – Element Music FestivalAug 8: Charleston, SC – Pour HouseAug 9: Atlanta, GA – Terminal WestAug 11: Green Mountain, NC – Soulshine FestivalOct 4: Burlington, VT – Nectar’s*Oct 5: Greenfield, MA – Hawks and Reed Performing Arts CenterOct 6: Starks, ME – Harvest BallOct 8: Baltimore, MD – OttobarOct 9: Carrboro, NC – The Cat’s CradleOct 11: Dunedin, FL – Dunedin BreweryOct 12: Key West, FL – Green ParrotOct 13: Key West, FL – Green ParrotOct 14: Boca Raton, FL – Funky BiscuitOct 16: Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s BohemiaOct 17: Indianapolis, IN – MousetrapOct 18: Chicago, IL – Martyr’sOct 19: Minneapolis, MN – The CaboozeOct 20: Menasha, WI – The Source Public HouseOct 21: Detroit, MI – El ClubOct 23: Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theatre**Oct 24: Washington, DC – Gypsy Sally’s**Oct 25: Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry**Oct 26: Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar**Oct 27: New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom*Broccoli Samurai Supports **Lespecial SupportsView All Tour Dates Particle has been a staple of the livetronica scene for years, serving as a major player in developing the livetronica scene as we know it today. Today, the Los Angeles-born band composed of Steve Molitz, Clay Parnell, Kito Bovenschulte, and Michael Daum had big news for fans, announcing the group’s first new studio album in 14 years. In addition to the announcement of Accelerator, Particle will also be hitting the road this fall, detailing an extended fall tour to promote the new studio effort.Per a press release, Particle’s new album will feature nine new, original tunes “packed with powerhouse performances and adventurous songwriting that is sure to excite both longtime fans and newcomers alike.” Accelerator will serve as to 2004’s Launchpad, with the group’s only other album released between 2004 and today being the group’s Live At Wanee Festival 2012, which was released via MunckMix.As for Particle’s newly announced fall tour, the band will first finish out their existing summer plans, hitting British Columbia’s Element Music Festival in addition to shows at Charleston, South Carolina’s Pour House and Atlanta’s Terminal West on August 8th and 9th before a stop at Soulshine Festival in Green Mountain, North Carolina on August 11th. The band’s fall tour dates start in full in the beginning of October, kicking off with a three night run across Burlington, VT (featuring support from Broccoli Samurai); Greenfield, MA; and Starks, ME from October 4th through 6th.From there, the band heads to Baltimore on October 8th, continuing down the East Coast with a stop in Carrboro, North Carolina on the 9th ahead of a four-night Florida run—including two nights at Key West’s Green Parrot—from October 11th to 14th. Particle will work its way north from Florida, moving through Chattanooga, Indianapolis, Chicago, Minneapolis, Menasha, and Detroit from October 16th to 21st. After a day’s break, Particle closes out their fall tour with four nights supported by lespecial, rolling through Pittsburgh; Washington, DC; Philadelphia; and Asbury Park, New Jersey ahead of their triumphant headlining set at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on October 27th.Stay tuned for more information about Particle’s first studio album in 14 years, Accelerator, with more details to be announced in coming weeks. For ticketing for the band’s fall tour or for more information, head to the band’s website here.last_img read more

Path to understanding

first_imgCrossing Asia to the Mediterranean Sea, the Silk Road was once a vital route for trade. Named for the Chinese silks its merchants transported to the West, the road — really a mix of intertwining routes — also carried other goods, as well as languages, religions, and philosophies, making the world, if not smaller, then at least more comprehensible, centuries before today’s instantaneous communications.No wonder, then, that in 1998 when the cellist Yo-Yo Ma wanted to bring together musicians from around the world, he named the project after this route, forming a nonprofit that two years later spawned the Silk Road Ensemble. And no wonder, then, that musicians from the ensemble fit so neatly into the Navigation Lecture Series at Radcliffe, for a panel discussion on “Cultural Navigation: Finding One’s Way Across Traditions,” part of the Academic Ventures program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, held in Fay House on Monday.The panel included four Silk Road Ensemble musicians: Cristina Pato (bagpipe), Sandeep Das (tabla), Joseph Gramley (percussion), and Hadi Eldebek (oud). John Huth, the Donner Professor of Science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and co-director of Academic Ventures, introduced them and noted, “Marvelous things emerge when you travel with an instrument to a new land.”Still, said moderator Steve Seidel, director of the Arts in Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, “The idea of being part of a science series was not an immediately obvious thing to us.” Only when the group realized that it was actually practicing “navigation across cultures” did the theme make sense.It has been a wild journey. In a brief video of the group in performance, bagpipe traded off with flute, while a classical Western string quartet played along with African-style percussion. The music had a strong rhythmic pulse, with solos punctuating ensemble sections. In brief, it swung, despite the fact that, as Gramley noted, “This was the first time that those 12 instruments had played a concert together.”The piece was one of Eldebeck’s contributions, “Shirak,” a folkloric Lebanese-Armenian composition, arranged for the ensemble. The panel discussed the path to the performance as a way of explaining the challenges faced by the ensemble.To arrange the piece, said Eldebeck, he first had to learn about instruments and styles of playing that were foreign to him. Giving an example, he said, “I communicated with Christina. I said I wanted to include her instrument, and I asked how the instrument is played, culturally — what is the context. It shaped my understanding.”In return, Pato had to analyze and describe her instrument, including its limitations. The bagpipe, she said, is invariably loud, which made rehearsing difficult. “If I play,” she said, “they cannot hear each other. And that to me is a lesson. The way we each one of us work in our own independent life is very different from how we work in this ensemble.”The challenge for the musicians came not only from playing along with unfamiliar instruments, but also from working with others from wildly disparate disciplines.“The Arabic tradition, the Indian tradition, we have a lot of emphasis on ornamentation and improvisation,” said Eldebek. In contrast, “The Western classical tradition has a lot of emphasis on specification and dynamics.”It was a conflict that some of the members of the ensemble were able to understand. “I grew up in both traditions,” explained Pato, who also plays piano. “As a classical pianist, I learned the hard way of rehearsing many, many hours. But with the bagpipe, if you rehearse, you lose that beautiful energy.”Forging a path forward involved compromise. “Instead of giving what will be played, I gave when it will be played,” said Eldebek. “I gave, ‘This is the idea, this is the structure, this is the flow’… everyone contributes.”A video clip of the ensemble’s sole hourlong rehearsal showed how the group forged this path with much laughter and a sharing of ideas. For Das, “The journey is about reaching a point where I value what these guys do, how they make it beautiful, how they make it free for themselves. And I feel very enriched that I can enjoy both worlds.”Monday’s panel discussion was a preview of Friday’s Silk Road Ensemble concert at 8 p.m. in Sanders Theatre. (Eldebek will not be part of Friday’s concert.) The concert is sold out, but there will be a line for standby admission.last_img read more

For Dell Veterans, Veterans Day Lasts All Year Long

first_imgVeterans Day has been celebrated at Dell in a myriad of ways over Army Veteran Alejandro Rivas’ 19-year career. Currently he works on the Global Talent Management team in HR, but he’s also worked in other areas of Dell, including manufacturing. Celebrations have been inclusive of all areas of Dell and span the country. They range from ceremonial in nature to supporting programs like the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.“I’ve been involved with Veterans Day celebrations over the last 19 years at Dell, and this was prior to having our employee resource groups,” Rivas (pictured above) said. “We raise the flag at our main building, Round Rock One in Texas, and have guest speakers join us to celebrate.”Veterans Employee Resource Group Program Manager Tina Schroer fondly recalled the 2015 celebration.“We had a local high school band perform,” she said. “The community group did an awesome job with planning the event. The military side and the civilians we work with all pulled together.”Navy Lieutenant Commander Cherry Lynch (pictured below), who works in Dell’s Resolution Expert Center said, “A lot of us come in our uniforms, if we can still fit in them!”Hiring, Supporting VetsAt Dell, however, support for our veterans extends far beyond Veterans Day celebrations.Five years ago, EMC was a founding member of the Veterans Job Mission, a small coalition of 11 leading companies committed to hiring 100,000 Veterans by 2020. It’s snowballed and has resulted in hiring more than 340,000 veterans to date.“As a first step into the whole recruiting realm, it’s just been breathtaking,” said Lou Candiello (pictured below), a Marine veteran who is responsible for military recruiting at Dell.Moreover, both Dell and EMC were active participants in the White House’s Joining Forces program prior to integrating this past August. The company committed to hiring 2,000 veterans between now and 2020. The national initiative, which just celebrated five years, was created to expand employment and career development for veterans and military spouses.“Dell EMC was selected to participate in the Joining Forces anniversary celebration at The White House,” Candiello said. “One of our military spouses actually received recognition from the First Lady, which was wonderful.”Yvonne Neal, Federal Services Program Manager and a military spouse, knows firsthand the support Dell gives to vets and spouses.“I was working for Dell when my husband came up on orders to leave. My manager at the time connected me with a federal manager who said, ‘Do you have a laptop? Do you have a phone? You can work anywhere,’” Neal said. “I moved to that team and I stayed for almost five years.”Paying it forward; vets recruiting vetsCandiello feels veterans are an untapped talent resource and is proud Dell recognizes the value they bring to the workforce. In addition to the active military recruiting process, once hired, there are also numerous programs and employee affinity groups to support veterans.“I think that a big part of supporting veterans within the company is the mentoring process,” Brad Johnson, a Navy veteran who works in Dell EMC’s Federal Division said. “We have some very structured programs to help both mentoring and advancement.”Johnson himself (pictured above) was hired through a Navy referral.“Someone I served with on submarines—and who was familiar with my skills and the way that I worked—said, ‘You know what? You should really look at this organization,’” Johnson said. “I now help hiring managers understand what value they get when they hire a veteran into the company and why these people will be successful. The culture here fits. The work ethic fits. The mission support fits.”Rivas (pictured below) agrees the culture is an excellent fit for veterans. Even after 19 years, he has no intention to go anywhere else and is excited that Dell is continuing to push for hiring more veterans, while creating even more support for those who are on board already.“There’s a huge movement now in Dell with regard to the veteran population,” Rivas said. “We have a lot of ex-military people out in the workforce; how do we get them into Dell and not just that, but—taking it a step further—how do we transition them into Dell?”Dell supports veterans through a number of programs, including employee affinity groups at both the national and local levels. The company is hosting celebrations across the country during the week of Veterans Day 2016. Find out more at https://jobs.dell.com/military.&nbsp;</p><p>last_img read more

Mountain Mama | Becoming My Own Anchor

first_imgThere are so many milestones for us during this sailing trip. The first time we raised the sails, the first time Maya’s ever slept on a boat, the first time Tobin figured out how to pee between the lifelines, the first time we figured out the stereo player and listened to music while under sail.Yesterday was a big first for me and required me to face some serious fears – spending the night on an anchor we set. It didn’t help that the wind raged and the swell rolled our boat.Mastering anchoring feels like a huge accomplishment – it allows us freedom to spend the night almost anywhere the bottom is sandy, shallow and there isn’t turtle grass. Another big bonus we avoid the $30 a night charge of mooring by setting our own anchor.We anchored at Salt Island, a little over two nautical miles east from Peter Island, which makes the low-lying land mass feel exposed. The bay where we set anchor is a short dinghy ride to the Wreck of the Rhone, where we planned to snorkel and take a closer look at the remains of the ship that wrecked in the 1800s.The R.M.S. Rhone sunk off the rocks of Salt Island in October 1867.  One day the weather typified tropical perfection, the sun beating down from a deep blue sky. Then the barometer fell, the sky darkened and a hurricane blew from the northeast.The Rhone tried to anchor, but even the 3,0000-pound anchor and some 300 feet of chain couldn’t hold the boat in place. Winds blew her into the rocks surrounding Salt Island where she heeled over, broke in two, and sank, taking most of the crew down with her.According to our trusty cruising guide, the left side of the bay closest to the wreck is reserved as a day anchorage and the rest of the bay is fair game for anchoring overnight. When we arrived mid-afternoon, we set our anchor in the first available space. As the sunlight waned, I took another look at the map and it seemed we might actually be in the day anchorage area.rsz__mg_1684We motored toward other anchored sailboats. A man wearing nothing but a pair of white briefs gave us a scornful look. “There’s turtle grass there.”The turtle grass is an important food source for turtles and habitat for other sea critters, so we don’t want to destroy it.We motored further out. There was still turtle grass at 25 feet. At 30 feet Sarah made the hand-signal for sand and dropped the anchor. Since the safe ratio is to let out five times the amount of chain for the depth. Sarah let out a little over 100 feet and then I let the boat idle in neutral. When we stopped moving, we were only a couple boat lengths from the white-brief-wearing-grumpy man.Since we couldn’t let out any more chain without encroaching further on the other boat, we brought the anchor up and motored further toward the point in search of a sandy, shallow spot. On the other side of a sixty-foot catamaran, we found a place to anchor that would position us as the last boat in the harbor.That night the winds wailed and howled. Goats bleated from the cliff. Waves crashed against the boulders. We all took turns double-checking the anchor and our position. I tried to fall asleep, reminding myself that we had felt the anchor take hold and that we have put out enough chain so were secure for the night.Then the chain groaned.My thoughts turned to how small the anchor looked and how it was buried at most a foot into the sand. I wondered if it could hold us in that wind.I played a dangerous game of what-ifs that kept me up for most of the night.  Images of the graves where the Rhone crew was buried – a circle of rocks and mounds of earth adorned with conch shells and coral – flashed.What if the anchor dragged, the swell and wind would push us into the rocky shore and cliffs. What if water seeped into the open hatches, how would we escape?Would we end up buried in the graves adorned with conch shells and coral like the crew of R.M.S. Rhone?I poked my head out of the hatch to double check our position and was greeted by the clearest night sky we’d seen yet, studded with bright stars.I checked my watch during the wee morning hours, waiting and hoping for the pale light of dawn.  I wanted the night to pass quickly, to have certainty that our anchor would hold.I’d splurged the previous day and bought wifi for a night to post updates. I checked my email, then Facebook.I yearned for something more than a distraction, for someone to swoop down and reassure me. I wanted to be tethered to an existence where security meant more than an iron hook sunk a foot deep in the sand. That night I wished to be anywhere except that sailboat bobbing in the swell.I got up to check the anchor again and when I came back to our berth Tobin sprawled spread-eagle-like, taking up all the space on our triangular-shaped mattress. I grumbled, positioning myself around him, curling my body into a ball.I must have dozed off to sleep because I woke up feeling less tired. I went to pee off the back of the boat and saw that the wind had subsided and the sea mellowed into soft mounds.Flashes lit up in the water below. The familiar neon bioluminescence sparkled.I stripped off my pajama pants and tank top and jumped off the stern. Every time I moved, the black water lit up with dozens of fluorescent streaks. I gazed up at the sky at the precise moment a meteor plunged in a long diagnol line.My body tingled with the visceral sense that I was alive in that moment. It sunk in that this is my reality for the next three weeks and wouldn’t have it any other way. Hours before, if I had been in possession of some magic ball and could have wished the night away, I would have in an instant. I realized that I was enough to anchor myself, that I could trust the skills of our crew and let myself sleep easy knowing we were capableSwimming naked with all that sparkly light, both in the water and overhead, reminded me that I couldn’t skip the fear of the night without missing the intensity of the wind, seeing the brilliant night sky, and skinny-dipping amongst the bioluminscense.[divider]More from Mountain Mama[/divider]last_img read more

Brazil Kingpin Arrested in Mozambique

first_imgBy AFP April 30, 2020 One of Brazil’s most wanted criminals, an alleged drug lord accused of running the international cocaine operation of the country’s biggest gang, was arrested on April 13 in Mozambique, authorities said.Gilberto “Fuminho” Aparecido dos Santos, an alleged leader of the First Capital Command (PCC), was arrested in an international sting that included agents from Brazil, Mozambique, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.He is accused of shipping tons of cocaine around the world, the Brazilian federal police said in a statement.“The accused was considered the largest cocaine supplier” for the PCC, and had been on the run for more than 20 years, it said.Born in the prisons of São Paulo in the 1990s, the PCC is considered Brazil’s top criminal gang, with increasing control over the cocaine supply routes from Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia, the world’s biggest producers.Its leader, Marcos Willians Herbas Camacho, is serving a sentence of more than 200 years in a maximum-security prison in Brasilia.Dos Santos is accused, among other things, of financing a plot to help Camacho escape, police said.last_img read more

How to win in the fintech olympics

first_imgAre you wondering how to help your financial institution better compete in the changing online banking landscape? Maybe you’re concerned that the shift of consumers toward Fintech online-only banks might eventually drive your FI out of business? (If not, maybe you should be concerned.)Well here’s a few tips for how to position your institution for Fintech [Olympic] success!1. Training is KeyIn the regular Olympics it takes years of training for athletes to reach their peak performance level. But in today’s consumer banking environment, most FIs don’t have years to get their act together. So here’s a little secret… because your staff are the key to your overall success, investing in regular, high quality training now can go a long way to setting you up for future success.  And a well-trained workforce will be absolutely essential in the new digital banking market place.Conversely, sitting back and allowing your employees to enjoy the current status quo will have the inverse effect. We suggest that FIs require all staff to do real, meaningful continuing education. Push them to attend at least one national conference each year and take some kind of new certification or training. One of the best ways to stay ahead of the game is making sure your staff are up on new trends and technological innovations, and that doesn’t happen by accident. Training is everything! 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Suffolk Cops Pull 3 Men Out of Great South Bay

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police Marine Bureau officers pulled three men out of the Great South Bay Friday night after their 17-foot boat ran out of fuel, police said. Two officers aboard the Marine Juliet patrol vessel responded after receiving a distress call at 6:48 p.m. from a passerby who reported people in the water. When the officers arrived, they found the 18-year-old owner of the boat and two other men attempting to pull the boat to shore with a rope. The boat was approximately a half-mile south of Hecksher State Park at the time, police said. The men, who had been in the water for 45 minutes, were wearing flotation devices, police said. The trio was pulled out of the water and their boat towed to the Hecksher State Park boat ramp, police said. The officers cited the boat’s owner for failing to carry visual distress signals and for a discharged fire extinguisher, police said. They also issued warnings for missing safety equipment, police said. Following the rescue, Suffolk police offered the following tips to boaters: Check all required safety equipment is on board and operable.Leave a float plan with someone on shore with your destination and expected time of return.Carry a cell phone or Marine VHF Radio in case you need emergency assistance.last_img read more

FDA sets BSE-related rules but delays action on feed

first_img Requiring that equipment for handling and storing feed be dedicated to just one kind of feed (for either ruminants or nonruminants) The FDA had announced plans in January to ban high-risk cattle tissues, or “specified risk materials” (SRMs), from food, food supplements, and cosmetics. But the agency never officially imposed the ban. Officials said today it would take effect Jul 14, when it will be published in the Federal Register. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), which regulates meat, poultry, and eggs, banned SRMs from those foods in January, following the discovery of a BSE case in Washington state in December. The FDA regulates all other foods, as well as supplements and cosmetics. Banning the use of all mammalian and poultry protein in ruminant feed SRMs, as defined by USDA and FDA, include the brain, skull, eyes, trigeminal ganglia, spinal cord, vertebral column, and dorsal root ganglia of cattle aged 30 months or older, plus the tonsils and small intestine of all cattle. In BSE-infected cattle, these are the tissues most likely to contain infectious prion protein. Cattle contract BSE, or mad cow disease, by eating feed containing protein from other infected cattle. To prevent the spread of BSE, the FDA in 1997 banned the practice of putting cattle-derived protein in feed for cattle and other ruminant animals. However, cattle tissues are still used in feed for pigs, chickens, and pets. FDA officials today said the percentage of food supplements and cosmetics that contain SRMs is very small, but they couldn’t give a specific number. Sundlof said there is concern that banning poultry litter from cattle feed would cause disposal problems. The litter would have to be disposed of on land, which might mean it would end up on cattle pastures, he said. Jul 9, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today it is banning cattle parts that could contain the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) agent from food supplements and cosmetics, but it is not yet ready to ban those parts from all feed for animals, including pets. The aim of the new proposed rule is to prevent cross-contamination, whereby SRMs in cattle parts used in feed for pigs, chickens, or pets could end up in cattle feed if both kinds of feed are made with the same equipment or in the same plant. Cross-contamination also can occur if cattle are given feed intended for other animals. However, “either approach would require a significant change in current feed manufacturing practices,” the notice states. “Therefore, the FDA believes that additional information is needed to determine the best course of action.” In addition to SRMs, certain other cattle materials will be banned from foods, supplements, and cosmetics, the FDA said. These include material from downer cattle and cattle not inspected and approved for human consumption, plus mechanically separated beef. “FDA has reached a preliminary conclusion that it should propose to remove SRM’s from all animal feed and is currently working on a proposal to accomplish this goal,” the agency said in a news release. The agency is issuing an “advance notice of proposed rulemaking” on the topic. Banning the feeding of mammalian blood to calves Banning the use of nonambulatory (“downer”) cattle and cattle that die on farms in any animal feed The FDA said today it has reached a “preliminary” decision to ban SRMs from all animal feed, but it wants to gather public comments before going ahead. In a telephone briefing, officials said the agency would take comments for 60 to 120 days. “The IRT approach is to prevent potentially infective tissues from ever entering animal feed channels,” the FDA’s notice of proposed rulemaking says. “Although FDA believes the measures previously announced would serve to reduce the already small risk of BSE spread through animal feed, the broader measures recommended by the IRT, if implemented, could make some of the previously announced measures unnecessary.” See also: Jan 26, 2004, news release on BSE-related rules planned by FDA at that timehttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2004pres/20040126.html In its announcement in January, the FDA had described plans to ban the feeding of mammalian blood to calves, halt the use of poultry litter and restaurant leftovers in cattle feed, and require “dedicated equipment” in feed handling and storage. But the agency never followed through on those restrictions at the time. Today the FDA said that banning SRMs from all animal feed could render unnecessary some of the other possible steps for reducing feed-related risks. Such a ban was a key recommendation from an international team of experts that reviewed the USDA’s actions on BSE early this year, FDA officials said. The FDA’s notice of proposed rulemaking also calls for public comments on other possible actions to block pathways by which material from BSE-infected cattle could get into cattle feed. These actions include: Prohibiting the use of poultry litter (which includes bedding, spilled feed, and waste) and restaurant leftovers in cattle feed In response to questions, Sundlof said he couldn’t specify the amount of SRMs that are currently used in animal feed, but he said that dealing with them would be “a complicated issue” if they were banned. “It would most likely require that the rendering industry at least partially restructure to include a sector that is for disposal only,” he said. The international review team (IRT) released its report about a week after the FDA’s January announcement. The team said the single most important measure for reducing feed-related BSE risks was to eliminate SRMs from all animal feed, Steve Sundlof of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine said today.last_img read more