ITALY, Parma. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is most likely to enter the European Union through the movement of live cervids – such as reindeer and moose – that are transported or roam freely from Norway to Sweden and Finland.
EFSA scientists note that humans may consume infected meat in areas where the disease is present. However, they conclude that there is no current scientific evidence that humans can get the disease through eating meat from infected animals.
EFSA’s opinion proposes a three-year monitoring system across eight countries to detect if the disease is present. It also provides risk managers with a set of possible measures for prevention and control which aim at reducing contact between animals, lowering cervid population densities, and increasing awareness of the disease.