Remarkable decrease of BSE in EU 15 countries

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Tuesday, July 22, 2008

According to the EFSA the number of BSE cases detected in cattle in the EU 15 fell from 2,164 in 2001 to 149 in 2007.

The Biological Hazards Panel (BIOHAZ) of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reported that annually around 10 million cattle are tested for BSE in the EU 15. It has published two opinions on the monitoring of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle in the first 15 countries to join the European Union (EU 15).

If the age for testing for BSE increases from the present 30 months to 36 or 48 months of age for slaughtered cattle, less than one BSE case in cattle could be expected to be missed annually in the whole EU 15.

If the age for testing increases to 60, 72 and 84 months of age, then fewer than 2, 4 and 6 BSE cases respectively could be expected to be missed in these 15 EU Member States.

The Panel also assessed the “at risk” group of cattle and said, that if the age for testing for BSE in cattle “at risk” increases from the current 24 months to 30, 36 or 48 months, then less than one case could be expected to be missed annually in the EU 15.

If the testing age was extended to 60 months of age, fewer than 3 cases could be expected to be missed. In addition, the Panel gave advice on age limits for detecting Atypical BSE and any possible re-emergence of BSE in the future.

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