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11 / 09 / 2001

BSE - Scientific Steering Committee publishes new opinions

The Scientific Steering Committee which advises the European Commission on multidisciplinary scientific matters has today published opinions related to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE).

The scientists adopted an opinion on the safety of cattle materials used in medical devices and medicinal products originating from countries where it is highly unlikely that BSE is present (classified as Geographical BSE Risk level I). They consider that cattle materials sourced from these countries are safe for the manufacture of medical devices and products provided the basic precautions such as ante- and post mortem inspection of animals at slaughter and proper animal identification and tracing rules are respected.

The Committee is also publishing a preliminary opinion open for public consultation and comment on the risk presented by certain stunning methods used to slaughter cattle. Subject to confirmation of the very few available data, these methods may under certain conditions pose a risk of dissemination of brain particles into the blood, lungs and heart of the slaughtered animal. Comments are to be sent in before 26 October 2001. The opinion is expected to be adopted by the SSC at its meeting of December 2001.

The full text of the opinions is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/food/fs/sc/ssc/outcome_en.html#opinions

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