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Bovine Tuberculosis

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the effects of bovine tuberculosis on (a) monetary value and (b) tonnage of meat exports from England in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. (251237)

The Government have made no estimate of the effects of Bovine TB (bTB) on monetary value or meat exports from England.

The risk of contracting bTB from eating meat is very small. M. bovis, the bacterium that causes bTB, is killed by cooking meat properly. Additionally, the Meat Hygiene Service inspects carcasses and their associated offal at slaughter; those with signs of generalised infection are fully condemned and declared unfit for human consumption.