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From: TSS ()
Subject: Technical Advice on the UNITED KINGDOM application for application of Moderate Risk in terms of BSE aka MAD COW DISEASE
Date: March 16, 2005 at 1:00 pm PST

Statement of the BIOHAZ Panel RE : Technical Advice on the UNITED KINGDOM application for application of Moderate Risk in terms of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)
Last updated: 15 mars 2005

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Statement of the Scientific Panel on Biological Hazards

RE : Technical Advice on the UNITED KINGDOM application for application of Moderate Risk in terms of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)

The European Commission (EC) has requested (ref D(2003)JM/khk/420824) in July 2003 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and its Scientific Panel on Biological Hazards for a scientific opinion on the United Kingdom (UK) application to be considered as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Moderate risk country according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) standards* and based on modelling assumptions and calculations as submitted by the UK authorities. Following this request, on 21 April 2004 the Scientific Panel on Biological Hazards concluded that the modelling methodology used to calculate the absolute incidence is statistically sound and that its whole cattle population could be considered as OIE moderate BSE risk from a date intermediate between July and December 2004 (EFSA Journal 2004, 55).

On 8 February 2005 the UK authorities forwarded additional surveillance data up to the end of September 2004 to the EC and the EC invited EFSA (D(2005) /KVD/cm/ 420111) to give a technical advice on these calculations provided by the UK authorities based on the latest surveillance data and to confirm if the incidence has passed under the 200 incidence limit.

At its plenary meeting of the 9 and 10 of March 2005, the Scientific Panel on Biological Hazards considered the data provided and concluded that these data confirm the conclusions of the EFSA opinion of April 2004. The experts of the BioHaz panel confirmed that according to the OIE classification the UK can be considered as a country with a moderate risk status in terms of BSE for its whole cattle population.

Members of the EFSA Scientific Panel on Biological Hazards

Herbert Budka, Sava Buncic, Pierre Colin, John D Collins, Christian Ducrot, James Hope, Mac Johnston, Günter Klein, Hilde Kruse, Ernst Lücker, Simone Magnino, Riitta Liisa Maijala, Antonio Martínez López, Christophe Nguyen-The, Birgit Noerrung, Servé Notermans, George-John E Nychas, Maurice Pensaert, Terence Roberts, Ivar Vågsholm, Emmanuel Vanopdenbosch.


* The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) standards threshold for a country to be considered moderate risk in terms of BSE is set at 200 BSE clinical + confirmed screen positives over a 12 months period per 1 million adult cattle i.e. cattle aged over 24 months.


Publication date: 15 mars 2005
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http://www.efsa.eu.int/science/biohaz/biohaz_documents/catindex_fr.html

TSS





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