"The Cause for a Cure for Crohn's Disease"
U.S. GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND RELATED ORGANIZATIONS
NJWG:- National Johne's Working Group (NJWG)
Subcommittee of the Johne's Disease Committee
United States Animal Health Association
According to the
99th Proceedings of the US Animal Health Association, the
National Johne's Working Group was formed as "a task force on the relationship of M.
paratuberculosis to Crohn's disease."
|2011 chair:||Jamie Jonker of the National Milk Producers Federation|
John Adams, (National Milk Producer's Federation)
Gary Weber, (National Cattleman's Beef Association)
Robert Whitlock, (University of Pennsylvania)
The members of the NJWG are for the most part representatives of dairy interests and beef interests, or are veterinary professionals.
|PARA & USAHA - For the Record||See PARA & USAHA, For the Record for
a description of important events regarding PARA's involvement at
USAHA, including texts of speeches, PARA's Reports and Press
Releases about USAHA.
Before proceeding further, we would encourage you to read the Important Developments Page prior to reading the rest of this webpage. This will give you some background which may be helpful in evaluating PARA's Concerns about NJWG, in light of significant developments that have taken place around the world.
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The USAHA Johne's Disease Committee
As a committee of the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA), the Johne's Disease Committee was formed in 1987. The purpose of the Johne's Disease Committee, as described in the 99th proceedings of the US Animal Health Association, is as follows
Formation of the National Johne's Working Group
In 1994, the National Johne's Working Group (NJWG) was formed. According to the Proceedings of the 99th annual meeting of the USAHA, the purpose of the National Johne's Working Group was to be a task force to deal with a single issue: the relationship of M. Paratuberculosis to Crohn's disease.
It would appear that USAHA realized that the issue of MAP infecting humans through cattle-derived foods and causing Crohn's disease could be a very damaging one, as control of the National Johne's Working Group was given to representatives of the animal industries.
John Adams represents the National Milk Producers Federation, a registered group of political lobbyists which represents the interests of the U.S. dairy industry in Washington, D.C.
Gary Weber represents the National Cattleman's Beef Association, a group which represents the political interests of the U.S. beef industry in Washington. Gary Weber was the beef industry representative on the now infamous Oprah Winfrey show about Mad Cow Disease.
"Discussion centered around the expanded role of the NJWG and the Johne's Committee. Many members believed the NJWG with their broadly based objectives has assumed many objectives of the Johne's Committee as described in the purpose statement for the committee."
Since 1997, PARA has been reminding the NJWG of their mission statement and objectives. Is it a coincidence that one year after PARA began watching over the NJWG's shoulder that this mission statement "disappeared" from their website? As of 2003, that mission statement is still missing. In fact, USAHA's NJWG Mission Statement Page on the USAHA website is blank, with a notice, "This page is still under construction 7/3/99)".
Even though it has "disappeared" from their website, apparently the NJWG and Johne's Disease Committee at the 2002 USAHA meeting considered the mission statement an issue that needs to be addressed. In the 2002 Report of the Committee on Johne's Disease, (Page 13), it states that a NJWG Steering Committee will be appointed to:
1. Evaluate the mission statement and objectives for the NJWG.
2. Evaluate research priorities.
3. Develop a strategic plan for the Johne's Working Group.
4. Adjust the mission statement for the NJWG as needed.
As of March 2003, the "dangling" mission statement has not been revised by the NJWG. When and if this is done, we will report it on this webpage.
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Since NJWG's inception in 1994, nine years ago, in terms of real action being taken, they have still not fulfilled, in whole or in part, the main objective for which they were created. Since they have been in existence, AT LEAST 200,000 people have been diagnosed with Crohn's disease. Nothing has been done to halt or even slow down the spread of an infectious agent that may be causing enormous human suffering.
Since 1997, PARA has urged them to fulfill their main objective, and they have chosen instead to avoid the issue of MAP and Crohn's disease.
Action you can take
Please visit PARA's "How to Help" section to learn how you can get involved in creating awareness about this vital issue.
Contact PARA: http://www.crohns.org/contact.htm
Paratuberculosis Awareness & Research Association, 1999-2003.
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