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From: TSS (wt-d6-154.wt.net)
Subject: Commission requests analysis of research suggesting first case of BSE in a goat
Date: October 29, 2004 at 10:03 am PST

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Commission requests analysis of research suggesting first case of BSE in a goat
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 12:04:27 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


Commission requests analysis of research suggesting first case of BSE in
a goat

[Date: 2004-10-29]

The findings of a French research team that may point to the first ever
instance of BSE in a goat has been submitted to an expert panel by the
European Commission.

While sheep and goats are known to contract transmissible spongiform
encephalopathies (TSEs), it usually takes the form of scrapie. The
French team has, however, identified the presence of a TSE infection in
a goat's brain which they say cannot be distinguished from BSE.
Scientists have long regarded BSE in sheep and goats as theoretically
possible, but it has never been detected.

The expert panel at the Community Reference Laboratory in Weybridge, the
UK, will now evaluate the scientific evidence in order to see whether it
indicates the presence of BSE in the goat. Even if BSE is found, this
does not present a risk to public health as neither the goat or its herd
entered the food chain.

The TSE was detected as part of an EU wide surveillance programme
designed to detect suspicious TSE strains in small ruminants. Over
140,000 goats have been tested since April 2002. This particular goat
appeared healthy when slaughtered in 2002 in France, and was randomly
tested for TSEs. This was the only goat in a herd of 300 to be affected.

The Commission is also forwarding the French research data to the
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Using the data and the
conclusions of the Community Reference Laboratory, the EFSA will decide
whether any update to its scientific risk assessment is needed in
respect of goats.


Category: General policy
Data Source Provider: European Commission
Document Reference: Based on IP/04/1324
Programme or Service Acronym: MS-FR C

Subject Index : Safety; Food

RCN: 22851

CORDIS RTD-NEWS/© European Communities

http://dbs.cordis.lu/cgi-bin/srchidadb?CALLER=NHP_EN_NEWS&ACTION=D&SESSION=&RCN=EN_RCN_ID:22851TSS






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