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Subject: UK Untested bullock enters the food chain Wednesday 15 August 2007
Date: August 15, 2007 at 7:14 am PST

Untested bullock enters the food chain
Wednesday 15 August 2007

The Agency has been notified that meat from a bullock has entered the food chain without the required BSE test. The 26-months-old bullock had been slaughtered on farm following an injury.

European Union regulations say that all cattle aged over 24 months slaughtered outside of an authorised abattoir and intended for human consumption must be subject to BSE testing.

The carcass was sent to J A Jewitt (Meat) Ltd in Durham on 18 July 2007. The error was discovered on 26 July in the course of routine official checks. By then, the meat had been mixed with meat from other cattle and most had left the premises. Part of the relevant batch has been detained at the premises and some has been returned. This meat will be disposed of.

Checks indicate that the rest of the meat from affected batches has been sold as unpackaged fresh cuts over the counter, used by caterers or cooked in fresh baked meat pies. Due to the age of the animal and the removal of all specified risk material, the risk to human health is negligible.

A full investigation into the circumstances of this incident is under way.

Back to top The science behind the storyThere have been no BSE cases in cattle aged under 30 months in Great Britain since 1996.

Since 1 January 2006, only healthy cattle that have suffered an accident and are unable to be transported for welfare reasons are eligible for the food supply following emergency slaughter on farm. See further information about emergency slaughter of cattle.

Specified risk material is those parts of the carcass that would contain more than 99% of any infectivity that would be present if the animal had BSE.


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