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From: TSS ()
Subject: Public meeting to discuss progress on BSE testing (London, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales)
Date: July 19, 2005 at 8:04 am PST

Public meeting to discuss progress on BSE testing
Tuesday, 19 July 2005
The Agency is holding an open meeting in London on Monday 25 July to provide stakeholders and members of the public with an opportunity to discuss proposed changes to the Over Thirty Months Rule (one of the BSE Controls) and the outcomes of recent trials of BSE testing.


London meeting – 25 July

Scotland meeting – 26 July

Northern Ireland meeting – 28 July

Wales meeting – 29 July

It will be possible to view the London meeting by live webcast on this website. Details on how to access the webcast will be posted on this site later this week. Other meetings will also be taking place in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
In December 2004 the Government announced the start of a managed transition towards replacing the Over Thirty Months (OTM) rule. The announcement made clear that the move to testing would not happen until the Agency advised Ministers on the robustness of the testing system. An independent group of experts, chaired by Professor Patrick Wall, was set up to advise the Agency on robustness and oversee trials of the system.

The meetings will include an overview from the FSA on the proposed BSE control changes and the next steps in the process, as well as a presentation from Professor Patrick Wall on the work of the Independent Group. There will also be a question and answer and discussion session for all to express their views.

Meetings throughout the UK
Open meetings to discuss changes to the OTM Rule and the results of recent trials of BSE testing will take place in London on 25 July, Edinburgh on 26 July, Belfast on 28 July and Cardiff on 29 July.


London meeting – 25 July
The London meeting will be held from 2pm-4pm at the Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS. Registration is from 1.15pm. To pre-register and for all other enquiries contact The Glasgows Group on 01772 767703 or email otm@glasgows.co.uk
Agenda


Welcome and introduction – David Statham, Head of the Agency’s Enforcement Division


Current position and what next – Alan Harvey, Head of the Agency’s TSE Division


The work of the Independent Advisory Group on OTM Testing Implementation. What is a robust testing regime? Trials and emerging conclusions – Professor Patrick Wall, Chair of the Independent Group


Comments and questions from the floor


Scotland meeting – 26 July
The meeting in Scotland will take place from 2pm-4pm on July 26 at the Scotsman Hotel, North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1YR. Registration will be from 1.30pm. To register before the meeting telephone 01224 288366 or email press.scotland@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk
Agenda


Welcome and introduction – George Paterson, Director FSA Scotland


Current position and what next – Alan Harvey, Head of the Agency’s TSE Division


The work of the Independent Advisory Group on OTM Testing Implementation. What is a robust testing regime? Trials and emerging conclusions – Patrick Wall, Chair of the Independent Group


Comments and questions from the floor


Northern Ireland meeting – 28 July
The Northern Ireland meeting will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Lanyon Place, Belfast from 2-4pm. Registration on the day is from 1.15pm. To pre-register and for all other enquires about the meeting contact Debbie Sharpe on 028 9041 7703 or email debbie.sharp@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk
Agenda


Welcome and introduction – Maurice McAllister, Director FSA Northern Ireland


Current position and what next – Alan Harvey, Head of the Agency’s TSE Division


The work of the Independent Advisory Group on OTM Testing Implementation. What is a robust testing regime? Trials and emerging conclusions – Patrick Wall, Chair of the Independent Group


Comments and questions from the floor


Wales meeting – 29 July
The meeting in Wales will take place from 11am-1pm on Friday 29 July 2005 at Cardiff City Hall, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3ND. Registration will be from 10.30am. For further information or to pre-register contact Joan Smith on 0117 935 5255 or email j.smith@soundscommercial.co.uk
Agenda


Welcome and introduction – Joy Whinney, Director FSA Wales


Current position and what next – David Carruthers, from the Agency’s TSE Division


The work of the Independent Advisory Group on OTM Testing Implementation. What is a robust testing regime? Trials and emerging conclusions – Patrick Wall, Chair of the Independent


Comments and Questions from the floor


OTM Rule Review
Further information


http://www.food.gov.uk/news/newsarchive/2005/jul/publicmeetingtodiscussbsetesting

Over Thirty Months Rule review

The Over Thirty Months (OTM) Rule is the BSE control set up in 1996 that automatically bans older cattle from entering the human food chain. It is one of the two main food safety controls in relation to BSE we operate in the UK – the other being Specified Risk Material (SRM) controls.


On 1 December 2004 Ministers announced the start of a managed transition towards the lifting of the OTM Rule following advice from the Food Standards Agency that the current control measures are no longer proportionate to the risk.
The primary BSE control, the removal of Specified Risk Material (SRM), which removes more than 99% of any infectivity that may be present, will remain in place.


About the OTM Rule Review
The Agency had reviewed the Rule to see whether a ban on sale for consumption of OTM meat was still appropriate in the light of the decline in the BSE epidemic.
It was assisted in the review by two committees:- a joint SEAC/FSA risk assessment group and a core stakeholder group representing a range of stakeholders including the farming and meat industries and consumers.

Following consideration of the review, the Agency's Board at its meeting on 10 July 2003 agreed to recommend to Ministers that it would be acceptable on public health grounds to replace, in two stages, the OTM Rule with BSE testing of cattle older than 30 months.

Government to change BSE controls
Read the full press release issued by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs on 1 December 2004

OTM Rule – your questions answered
Monday, 18 July 2005
The OTM rule is one of the three main controls that prevent BSE from cattle getting into food. The rule does not allow cattle over thirty months old to enter the food supply. This is because BSE has mostly been found in cattle over thirty months old. More

OTM meeting 2 July 2002
Wednesday, 16 October 2002
The meeting was held at Congress House in london. More

Extension of 2003 OTM risk assessment
Wednesday, 25 August 2004
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, London. More

Stakeholder group
Wednesday, 16 October 2002
The role of the stakeholder group is to advise the Agency on the appropriate risk management measures in the light of the risk assessment provided by the Risk Assessment Group (RAG), taking into account practicalities of enforcement of any replacement rule and the costs and benefits. More

OTM Testing Stakeholder Meeting: 7 December 2004
Wednesday, 19 January 2005
New Connaught Rooms, Great Queen Street, London More


OTM Rule Review Consultation


http://www.food.gov.uk/foodindustry/meat/otmreview/

TSS




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