Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) yesterday [Wednesday] called for further restrictions to beef imports to ramp up the region’s protection against BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly known as mad cow disease).

The agency said it wanted to restrict shipments of tallow and gelatine derived from bone. The new restrictions would come on top of those already in place, which effectively ban meat imports from countries including EU member states.

The new restrictions would hit importers of ice cream, jelly and confectionery products that use bulk tallow and bone-derived gelatine.