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SSC Opinions on animal by-products and the safety of certain animal tissues

2003

Opinion on the safety of tallow derivatives from cattle tallow  (adopted on 10 April 2003) (105KB)
Opinion on a treatment of animal waste by means of high temperature (150°c, 3 hours) and high pressure alkaline hydrolysis.  (adopted on 10 April 2003) (327KB)
Opinion on a framework for the assessment of the risk from different options for the safe disposal or use of animal by-products which might be contaminated with microbiological agents, including tse  (adopted on 10-11 April 2003) (146KB)
Opinion on six alternative methods for safe disposal of animal by-products  (adopted on 10-11 april 2003) (303KB)
Updated opinion and report on the safety of dicalcium phosphate (DCP) and tricalcium phosphate (TCP) from bovine bones, used as an animal feed additive or as fertiliser (submitted to the Scientific Steering Committee at its meeting of 6-7 March 2003) (295KB)
Updated Opinion on the safety with regard to TSE risks of gelatine derived from ruminant bones or hides (adopted by the Scientific Steering Committee at its meeting of 6-7 March 2003) (232KB)
Opinion on the feeding of wild fishmeal to farmed fish and recycling of fish with regard to the risk of TSE (adopted by the Scientific Steering Committee at its meeting of 6-7 March 2003) (233KB)
Opinion on the potential requirement for designation of specified risk materials in pigs (adopted by the Scientific Steering Committee at its meeting of 6-7 March 2003) (214KB)
Opinion on BSE risk of the bovine autonomic nervous system (adopted by the Scientific Steering Committee at its meeting of 6-7 March 2003) (305KB)
Opinion on the use of small incinerators for BSE risk reduction (Scientific Steering Committee Meeting of  16-17 January 2003) (158KB)
Opinion on open burning of potentially TSE-infected animal materials (Adopted by the Scientific Steering Committee at its meeting of 16-17 January 2003) (110KB)
Opinion on the use of burial for dealing with animal carcasses and other animal materials that might contain BSE/TSE (Adopted by the Scientific Steering Committee Meeting of 16-17 January 2003) (122KB)

2002

Updated opinion on the safety with regard to TSE risks of gelatine derived from ruminant bones or hides (adopted by the Scientific Steering Committee at its meeting of 5-6 December 2002) (233KB)
Updated opinion on the safety with regard to TSE risks of gelatine derived from ruminant bones or hides (adopted by the Scientific Steering Committee at its meeting of 5-6 December 2002) (233KB)
Updated opinion and report on a treatment of animal waste by means of high temperature (150°C, 3 hours) and high pressure alkaline hydrolysis (initially adopted on 16 May 2002 and revised on 7 – 8 November 2002) (332KB)
Update of the Opinion on TSE infectivity distribution in ruminant tissues (initially adopted on 10-11 January 2002 and amended on 7-8 November 2002) following the submission of (1) a risk assessment by the German Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, food and Agriculture and (2) new scientific advice regarding BSE infectivity distribution in tonsils (670KB)
Report on the safety of sheep intestine and natural casings derived therefrom in regard to risks from animal TSE and BSE in particular.  Report prepared for the TSE/BSE ad hoc group of the Scientific Steering Committee, 7 may 2002 (266KB)
Complement to the SSC opinion of 4-5 April 2002 on safe sourcing of small ruminant materials (with special reference to the safety with regard to BSE risks of sheep intestines and casings), adopted on 12-13 September 2002 (112 KB)
Opinion on the implications of the recent papers on transmission of BSE by blood transfusion in sheep (Houston et al, 2000; Hunter et al, 2002), adopted on 12-13 September 2002 ( 231KB)
[Revision and update of the SSC Opinion of 26-27 October 2000 on: the Implications of the Houston et al paper in The Lancet of 16 September 2000 on the Transmission of BSE by blood transfusion in sheep. (The Lancet, Vol. 356, pp 999-1000; 955-956; 1013)]
Updated opinion on the safety with regard to TSE risks of gelatine derived from ruminant bones or hides (adopted on 12-13 September 2002) ( 209KB)
Opinion on the safety of animal rennet in regard to risks from animal TSE and BSE in particular PDF
(adopted on 16 May 2002)
Opinion and report on the treatment of animal waste by means of high temperature (150°c, 3 hours) and corresponding high pressure alkaline hydrolysis PDF
(adopted on 16 may 2002)
Opinion and report assessment of the human BSE risk posed by bovine vertebral column including dorsal root ganglia PDF
(adopted on 16 May 2002)
The safety of bovine embryos: Amendment to the SSC opinion of 18 – 19 March 1999 on the possible vertical transmission of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) PDF
(adopted on 16 May 2002)
Opinion on safe sourcing of small ruminant materials PDF
(adopted on 04-05 April 2002)
Suggested strategy to investigate the presence of BSE in small ruminants PDF
(adopted on 04-05 April 2002)
Opinion on the safety of calf-derived rennet PDF
(adopted on 04-05 April 2002)
Statement on prions in muscle PDF
(adopted on 04-05 April 2002)
Opinion on peptides from pig mucosa: risks with respect to TSEs PDF
(adopted on 21-22 februaryFebruary 2002)
Opinion on TSE infectivity distribution in ruminant tissues (state of knowledge, December 2001) PDF
(adopted on 10-11 January 2002)

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2001

Opinion on hypotheses on the origin and transmission of BSE PDF
(adopted on 29-30 November 2001)
Opinion on Sourcing of from GBR I Countries (Sourcing of Ruminant Materials from GBR I Countries for Medical Devices) PDF
(adopted on 6-7 September 2001)
Updated opinion on sourcing of ruminant materials from GBR I countries for medical devices PDF
(originally adopted on 6-7 September 2001, update adopted on 29-30 November 2001)
Updated opinion on the safety with regard to TSE risks of gelatine derived from ruminant bones or hides from cattle, sheep or goats PDF
(adopted on 28-29 June 2001, editorial changes adopted on 6 – 7 September 2001)
A framework for the assessment of the risk from different options for the safe disposal or use of meat and bone meal (MBM) and other products which might be contaminated with TSE’s and other materials PDF
(adopted on 28-29 June 2001)
Opinion on adipose tissue associated with the digestive tract of cattle, sheep and goats: an appreciation of possible TSE risks PDF
(adopted on 28 –29 June 2001)
Updated opinion on the safety with regard to TSE risks of gelatine derived from ruminant bones or hides from cattle, sheep or goats ( including amendments to the scientific report attached to the opinion of 21 January 2000) PDF
(adopted on 28-29 June 2001)
Opinion on genetically modified cotton and medical devices PDF
(adopted by the Scientific Steering Committee at its meeting of 28-29 June 2001)
Revised opinion and report on: The safety of tallow obtained from ruminant slaughter by-products PDF
(adopted by the scientific Steering Committee at its meeting ofon 28-29 June 2001; Editorial changes adopted 6-7 September 2001)
Opinion and report on safety with respect to the TSE risks of collagen produced from ruminants hides PDF
(adopted on 10-11 May 2001)
Opinion on the safety of organic fertilisers derived from ruminants animals PDF
(adopted on 10-11 May 2001)
The questions submitted by EC services following a request of 4 December 2000 by the EU Council of Agricultural Ministers regarding the safety with regard to BSE of certain bovine tissues and certain animal-derived products PDF
(12 January 2001)
Safety of Milk with regard to TSE: State of affairs

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2000

Scientific opinion on "The proposal for controlled use of ruminant SRMs as feed for fur animals in Finland PDF
(27 October 2000)
Scientific Opinion - Risk Assessment in a rapidly evolving field: the case of Genetically Modified Plants (GMP) PDF
(Expressed on 26/27 October 2000)
Opinion and report on the safety of dicalcium phospate precipitated from ruminant bones and used as an animal feed additive PDF
(adopted on 26 June 1998 and updated at the SSC meeting on 26-27 October 2000)
The safe handling, transport and temporary storage of meat-and-bone meal which may be contaminated with a BSE agent or other pathogens
(26-27 October 2000)
Statement regarding the SSC opinion on mammalian derived meat and bone meal forming a cross-contaminant of animal feedstuffs
(adopted on 24-25 September 1998 - 26-27 October 2000)
Statement on: Scientific advice to the Commission from its scientific committees, with special reference to the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) and its interdisciplinary advice on TSE/BSE
(adopted on 26 May 2000)
Update on the safety of hydrolysed proteins produced from bovine hides
(25-26 May 2000)
Considerations on the safety of amino acids from human hair hydrolysate used in cosmetic products for topical application, with regard to Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy risks
(25-26 May 2000)
Quantitative Risk Assessment on the Use of the Vertebral Column for the production of Gelatine and Tallow PDF
(submitted to the SSC at its meeting of 13-14 April 2000)
The Safety of ruminant blood with respect to TSE risks PDF
(13-14 April 2000)
Preliminary opinion - Oral exposure of humans to the BSE agent: Infective dose and species barrier PDF
Adopted by the Scientific Steering Committee at its meeting of 2-3 March 2000
Scientific report and opinion on the safety of gelatine
(Updated 20-21 January 2000)

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1999

Intra-Species Recycling: the risk born by recycling animal by-products as feed with regard to propagating TSE in non-ruminant farmed animals
(17 September 1999)
Scientific Opinion on the conditions related to "BSE Negligible risk (closed) bovine herds"
(adopted on 22-23 July 1999)
Scientific Opinion on the risks of non conventional transmissible agents, conventional infectious agents or other hazards such as toxic substances entering the human food or animal feed chains via raw material from fallen stock and dead animals (including also: ruminants, pigs, poultry, fish, wild/exotic/zoo animals, fur animals, cats, laboratory animals and fish) or via condemned materials
(Adopted on 24-25 June 1999)
Evaluation of the "133°/20'/3 bars heat/pressure conditions" for the production of gelatine regarding its equivalency with commonly used industrial gelatine production processes in terms of its capacity of inactivating/eliminating possible TSE infectivity in the raw material
(21-22 January 1999)

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1998

Update on the safety of tallow derived from ruminant tissues
(10-11 December 1998)
The safety of bones produced as by-product of the Date Based Export Scheme
(22-23 October 1998)
The safety of hydrolysed proteins produced from bovine hides
(22-23 October 1998)
The safety of organic fertilisers derived from mammalian animals
(24-25 September 1998)
Mammalian derived meat and bone meal forming a cross-contaminant of animal feedstuffs
(24-25 September 1998)
Update on the safety of meat-and-bone meal derived from mammalian animals fed to non-ruminant food producing farm animals
(24-25 September 1998)
The safety of Dicalcium Phosphate precipitated from ruminant bones and used as an animal feed additive
(25-26 June 1998)
The safety of tallow derived from ruminant tissues
(26-27 March 1998)
The safety of meat and bone meal from mammalian animals, naturally or experimentally susceptible to Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies
(26-27 March 1998, amended version)
The Safety of Gelatine
(26-27 March 1998, amended version)
The safety of tallow derived from ruminant tissues
(26-27 March 1998)

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