A European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) expert panel has recommended that the production of gelatine from beef bones, even the skull and spine, is safe for human consumption.

In an inquiry assessing the BSE risk of such foodstuffs, EFSA’s scientific panel on biohazards has concluded: “Human exposures due to gelatine produced from bones including the skull and vertebral column sources from cattle of any age are very low and do not support the continuation of (any) restriction prohibiting gelatine production from these bones.”