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Food and Feed Safety (14-09-2006)

Report on TSE in Europe in 2005 now available

The European Commission has released its 2005 report on the monitoring and testing of ruminants (hoofed animals) for the presence of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE) in the EU.
The report’s finding show for instance, that out of over 10 million bovine animals tested for TSE in 2005, only 561 turned out positive. The 2005 results show a continued fall in the number of positive tests.
The annual TSE report is produced as part of the monitoring programme on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), following the food safety crisis of the 1990s. Since 2001, 51 million cattle have been tested through the programme.
TSEs are fatal, neurodegenerative animal diseases, which are spread when healthy animals consume the tainted tissues of others with the disease. The infectious agent is a specific type of protein, rather than any microbe. BSEs are a type of TSE affecting cattle.
The report can be found here:
http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/biosafety/bse/annual_report_tse2005_en.pdf