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From: TSS ()
Subject: Misidentified cow entered food chain FSA
Date: January 29, 2007 at 10:20 am PST

Misidentified cow entered food chain
Monday 29 January 2007

The Food Standards Agency has been notified that a cow believed to have been born before 1 August 1996 has entered the human food chain.

Meat from cattle born or reared in the UK before 1 August 1996 cannot be placed on the market – that is sold, supplied (whether or not in return for payment) or stored for supply.

This cow tested negative for BSE and specified risk material was removed, that is, those parts of the carcass that would contain more than 99% of any infectivity that would be present if the animal had BSE. These factors mean that any public health risk arising from this possible failure in BSE controls would be low.

The cow in question is believed to have been misidentified as one born in May 1997 at a farm in Powys. This is supported by DNA test results received on 16 January 2007.

The animal was sent from the farm to Ensor’s Abattoir Ltd, an abattoir in Gloucestershire that is approved to slaughter Over Thirty Month (OTM) cattle for human consumption. Although the cow was slaughtered on 19 October 2006, the possible identification error was not discovered until 12 December. Investigations into this incident are ongoing.

Meat from the cow was delivered to Jim Oliver Ltd’s butcher’s shop in Chepstow Road, Newport on 6 November. None of the meat remains at the shop and customers have been asked, via point-of-sale notices, to return any beef they bought from the premises between 6 November 2006 and 14 November 2006, and they will receive a refund.


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