The Food Standards Agency is holding a public meeting in York on 9th October for any organisations, groups and individuals with an interest in BSE to discuss the findings in its draft report on BSE controls.

The draft report was published on 12th September and is available from http://www.bsereview.org.uk or from the Food Standards Agency Helpline 0845 757 3012.

The Food Standards Agency is reviewing the current BSE controls to ensure that they adequately protect consumers and reflect the risks. The current controls were based on the best expert advice available. The Agency is reviewing these controls in the light of emerging knowledge of BSE as well as new variant CJD to ensure that they service their purpose both now and in the future.

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The open meeting details: Monday 9th October. Royal York Hotel, Station Road, York. Registration: 10:15am. Meeting: 11:00am - mid afternoon

The website: www.bsereview.org.uk
Visitors to the site will be able to have a copy of the draft report, background to the review, details of upcoming meetings and weekly updates about BSE in the news sent to them automatically. They will also be able to comment on the draft report on line.

The Food Standards Helpline: 0845 757 3012
People who do not have access to the Internet can call the helpline. They can be posted a copy of the draft report as well as putting their names down for future public meetings