Agency calls for BSE offspring cull backlog to be tackled
Monday 14 January 2002
The Food Standards Agency has been informed by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, DEFRA, that meat from the offspring of a cow with BSE has reached the human food chain. The Agency's advice to the public is that the risk to consumers from this incident is low.
The 29-month-old animal was slaughtered in an abattoir in Wales in November and put into the food chain and none of the meat is now left.
The Agency has been advised by DEFRA, who operate the cattle passport scheme, that the passport of this animal had not been seized. This was due to a backlog of visits to farms that had offspring of BSE cattle. The backlog had built up during the foot and mouth crisis when visits to farms were restricted.