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BSE: Disease Control

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 14 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the scientific rationale is for continuing to cull bovine spongiform encephalopathy cohort cattle. (141101)

A Veterinary Risk Assessment (VRA), published on 21 May 2007, concluded that culling cohorts of cattle affected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) as soon as possible:

(i) supports the Government’s challenging target of eradicating BSE in Great Britain by 2010;

(ii) promotes consumer confidence in UK beef; and

(iii) avoids the need for expensive additional control measures to monitor cohorts.

The VRA is available on the DEFRA website.