International guidelines to prevent the future spread of BSE around the world have been agreed by a joint meeting of the World Health Organisation, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation and the Office International des Epizooties, the world's animal health organisation. A number of recommendations were adopted, including ensuring effective risk assessment of meat imports, whose original source could have been obscured by processing and illegal trade. The meeting agreed that additional resources should be made available to developing countries to assess their potential exposure.