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From: TSS ()
Subject: Re: BSE waste water could slip through cracks, expert fears
Date: July 11, 2007 at 7:54 am PST

In Reply to: BSE waste water could slip through cracks, expert fears posted by TSS on July 10, 2007 at 10:44 am:

The rules in the Animal By Products Regulation (Regulation (EC) No. 1774/2002), regarding the disposal of fallen stock, have been influenced by a number of scientific opinions which take into account factors such as the potential for polluting water courses and the lack of scientific information available on how persistent the prions that cause diseases such as BSE and scrapie are in soil.

http://www.pm.gov.uk/output/Page12271.asp

Farmanimals - epetition reply
9 July 2007

We received a petition asking:

"We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Scrap the fallen stock disposal scheme and reinstate on farm burial as a green initiative."

Details of Petition:

"Since the beginning of time when an animal died on a farm the farmer buried it as the quickest, greenest and most bio secure method of disposal. As of last year though when one Chicken,sheep or any animal dies on a farm, as occurs in any population naturally, a man drives 60 miles to collect it then 100 miles to a crematorium for animals where using Gas the animal is incinerated, so for a chicken worth £3.60 in Sainsbury we burn over 100 miles of petrol, burn the gas for incineration and transport a dead animal miles from the place of death with all the associated bio security risks, as well as all the energy used to print numerous forms to be completed and trasported read and filed. If this government is serious about green issues then it will act quickly to repeal this senseless law."

Read the petition
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Read the Government's response
We are aware that many farmers have buried stock on their farms for years, and have expressed concern about the justification for this ban. The rules in the Animal By Products Regulation (Regulation (EC) No. 1774/2002), regarding the disposal of fallen stock, have been influenced by a number of scientific opinions which take into account factors such as the potential for polluting water courses and the lack of scientific information available on how persistent the prions that cause diseases such as BSE and scrapie are in soil.

The main exceptions from the ban are areas where the livestock population is so small, and where disposal facilities are so far away, that the arrangements for collection and transport would be unacceptably onerous compared to local disposal. The only areas fitting these criteria in the UK are parts of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, the Scilly Isles and Lundy Island in England, and Bardsey Island and Caldy Island in Wales. Exceptions also apply during outbreaks of notifiable disease, if there was a lack of capacity at rendering plants and incinerators, or if transport of the carcases would spread disease.

The Animal By-Products Regulation is in place to protect public and animal health, and by implication is not primarily an environmental measure. Incineration and rendering provide a safe and controlled way of dealing with the disposal of animal carcasses. There are various animal health and environmental controls that incinerator operators must follow when disposing of fallen stock. These can be found on the Defra website (new window). ...end


fact is, know one knows. this is what gets me with some that dont know, but claim 'negligible risk'. they put everyone at risk. same as with the blood issue. it was 'negligible risk', until it was finally documented, but by then, how many millions were exposed$

tss




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