Is it safe to eat meat?

Published 26.01.2015     Modified 25.02.2015

Yes, we have good routines to ensure that infection is not transmitted over to food, and meat can be eaten safely.

BSE is a disease in a group called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, abbreviated TSE. These are transmissible diseases that attack the nervous system of mammals, including man. Another name for these is prion diseases.

The infectious agent, prions, are found in certain nervous tissue in various places in the body. Essentially it is related to the brain, spinal cord, intestines and eyes. These parts are called specified risk material (SRM). They are removed from the carcass during slaughter or butchering, and they are destroyed at designated facilities. This is the most important measure to protect people from being exposed to infection. The NFSA monitors that these routines are followed.

There is therefore no reason to be concerned about meat or meat products in the store.

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