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The EU has recognised Scotland and Northern Ireland’s improved bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) risk level status, after upgrades from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in May.
As a result, both countries have now officially achieved a ‘negligible risk’ categorisation for BSE, which is the lowest risk level available. The confirmation is expected to help open international market access for beef exports outside of the EU.
‘This is reward for years of hard work from the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW), producers, our red meat businesses, vets, and this government all of whom have worked tirelessly to build a failsafe system which protects our animal and public health,’ Scotland’s Rural Secretary Fergus Ewing said.
‘Scotland’s meat exports are currently thriving and this certification stands us in good stead …
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