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Defra proposes changes to BSE testing regime

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DEFRA is carrying out a ‘non-formal’ consultation on proposals to change the BSE testing regime in cattle slaughtered for human consumption.

Currently, all healthy slaughtered cattle aged over 48 months that were born in the UK or various other EU member states are tested for BSE before being allowed into the food chain. In February, the EU agreed to allow the UK and 21 other member states the option of increasing the age threshold above which healthy cattle slaughtered for the human food chain must be tested for BSE. It also allowed the option of …

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