Food Law News - UK - 2002

FSA Press Release, 16 January 2002

BSE - Over 30 months Dutch beef detained

A consignment of 107 Dutch beef quarters, including 12 that were over 30 months at the time of slaughter, has been detained after it entered the UK.

The discovery was made on Friday (11th January) as the consignment was being unloaded at Anglo Dutch Meats (ADM) Ltd, Eastbourne. The beef came from Brada's Vleeschbedrijf BV, Leevwarden.

It is illegal under UK law to sell meat from animals over 30 months of age for human consumption, with very limited exceptions. This OTM beef has been intercepted and will be disposed of. None of the meat will now enter the human food chain.

The over 30-month (OTM) rule is one of the key controls to reduce the risk of people eating beef and meat products that might be infected with BSE. Since 1996, with very limited exceptions, any cattle older than 30 months have been banned for sale as food for humans.

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