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EFSA assesses the impact of scrapie eradication policies

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SCRAPIE eradication policies that rely only on the detection and culling of infected flocks, and do not include a breeding programme for resistance, are unlikely to succeed, according to a scientific opinion published recently by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). This is due to the pathogenesis and epidemiological characteristics of classical scrapie and the persistence of the disease agent in the environment.

The opinion from EFSA's Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ), which was published on July 30, assesses the scrapie situation in the EU between 2002 and 2012 following the introduction of a series of measures to monitor and control the disease. The panel used official EU surveillance data and results from questionnaire surveys, together with case studies, to help evaluate the effectiveness …

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