Extensive review in 2016
The Norwegian Food Safety Authority and the Norwegian Environment Agency plan to test around 15,000 cervids (moose, roe deer, red deer and reindeer) This means testing all cervids that have died or are killed as a result of illness or injury, including road kill, all over the country. In addition, tests are to be carried out on cervids killed during hunting in specified areas.
Tests will also be made at all game treatment stations and approved control locations (places where the Norwegian Food Safety Authority checks the slaughter), as well as slaughterhouses for herded reindeer and farmed red deer).
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is an animal disease that has a very low risk of infecting people. Even so, to be on the safe side, meat from animals that have tested positive will not enter the food chain.
CWD is a prion disease (a type of protein that is not broken down in the body) for cervids.
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