FSA concerned at breach of controls

The Food Standards Agency has been informed by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, DEFRA, that meat from the offspring of two cows with BSE has reached the human food chain. Offspring of BSE affected cattle are not allowed to enter the food chain as part of the BSE control measures.

The Agency is concerned about continuing breaches of these controls. The likelihood that the two animals had BSE is low. The parts of an animal most likely to contain BSE infectivity are removed at the abattoir, as was the case with these animals.

One animal, aged 15 months, was slaughtered in December 2001 and put into the food chain. None of the meat is now left. The other, aged 26 months, was slaughtered in January and some of the meat has entered the food chain. The Agency has asked DEFRA for the remainder of the meat to be seized and destroyed.