Food Law News - UK - 2002

FSA Press Release (2002/0245), 30 September 2002

BSE - Spinal cord found in imported beef

Spinal cord has been found in frozen beef imported from Germany into the UK. Bovine spinal cord is classified as specified risk material (SRM) and is therefore among those parts of the animal most likely to contain BSE infectivity. Under European law, SRM must be removed immediately after slaughter, stained, and disposed of safely.

The discovery, made during an inspection by the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) on 25 September, involved two hindquarters of frozen beef out of a consignment of 184 beef quarters being unloaded at ADM (UK) Ltd, Eastbourne. The receiving company was not responsible for the problem. We understand the animal was slaughtered in Frisch-u Gefrierdienst in Halle. This is the twelfth case of SRM in imported beef from Germany.

The beef quarters involved has been detained under the Products of Animal Origin (Import and Export) Regulations for disposal under the supervision of the MHS. The rest of the consignment was checked by the MHS and found to be in full compliance with the relevant legislation. The Chief Veterinary Officer of Germany and the European Commission have been notified of this breach.

In Germany, 21 animals out of 1,652,623 healthy animals tested positive for BSE during the period January - July 2002

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