How do we ensure that BSE does not get into our food? (the system in place in slaughterhouses)

Published 26.01.2015     Modified 25.02.2015

A possible BSE infection exists only in certain parts of the animal. These parts are routinely removed at the slaughterhouse and are destroyed.

Furthermore, there are strict requirements for the slaughtering process to prevent a possible infection getting into parts of the animal used in food production.

Nor is it allowed to use bone meal (which is one of the animal parts that can itself be infected) in products that would involve a risk of spreading disease.

There are also very strict requirements for the import and export of animals or meat products that may contain infection.

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