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Health

Volume 579: debated on Wednesday 9 April 2014

Livestock: Diseases

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many instances of (a) pneumonia, (b) septic pneumonia, (c) Pericarditis, (d) Septic Pericarditis, (e) Peritonitis, (f) septic peritonitis, (g) Oedema, (h) Emaciation, (i) Bruising or trauma, (j) Abscesses in offal, (k) Abscesses in carcases, (l) Pyaemia, (m) animals with septicaemia, (n) Animals with tumours, (o) Hydronephrosis, (p) Nephritis and septic nephritis, (q) Lymphadenitis, (r) Tuberculosis, (s) Erysipelas in pigs, (t) Steatosis, (u) Actinobacillous and (v) Actinomycosus in red meat animals have been identified at official post mortem inspection and prevented from entering the food chain by officials working for an on behalf of the FSA since 1 April 2012.

[Official Report, 1 April 2014, Vol. 578, c. 573W.]

Letter of correction from Jane Ellison:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Brent North (Barry Gardiner) on 1 April 2014.

The full answer given was as follows: (194202)

The following quantity of conditions have been identified in red meat animals at official post mortem inspection and prevented from entering the food chain by officials working for and on behalf of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) since April 2012:

Some conditions are not recorded by the FSA. The list of conditions for cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and poultry were created following expert working group workshops for each species over the last five years. Members of the workshops included stakeholders from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Animal Health, EBLEX, BPEX, private veterinarians, industry vets, FSA, Association of Meat Inspectors.

The data for sheep, goats, deer and horses is from April 2012 to December 2013, all other species is April 2012 to March 2014.

Condition

Total number identified

(a) Pneumonia

2,799,461

(b) Septic pneumonia

1,281

(c) Pericarditis

594,408

(d) Septic Pericarditis

No data held

(e) Peritonitis

466,518

(f) Septic peritonitis

6,339

(q) Oedema

As below

(h) Emaciation/Generalised Oedema

24,288

(i) Bruising or trauma

197,187

(j) Abscesses in offal

294,580

(k) Abscesses in carcases

199,435

(j) and (k) Abscesses

451,461

(l) Pyaemia

33,414

(m) Animals with septicaemia

6,069

(n) Animals with tumours

1,490

(o) Hydronephrosis

64,819

(p) Nephritis and septic nephritis

No data held

(q) Lymphadenitis

No data held

(r) Tuberculosis

27,901

(s) Erysipelas in pigs

9,908

(t) Steatosis

No data held

(u) Actinobacillous

No data held

(v) Actinomycosus

No data held

Note:

(j) and (k) Abscesses relates to sheep, goats, deer and horses. This has been recoded separately as the data is not recorded by either offal or carcase.

The correct answer should have been:

The following quantity of conditions have been identified in red meat animals at official post mortem inspection and prevented from entering the food chain by officials working for and on behalf of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) since April 2012:

Some conditions are not recorded by the FSA. The list of conditions for cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and poultry were created following expert working group workshops for each species over the last five years. Members of the workshops included stakeholders from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Animal Health, EBLEX, BPEX, private veterinarians, industry vets, FSA, Association of Meat Inspectors.

The data for sheep, goats, deer and horses is from April 2012 to December 2013, all other species is April 2012 to March 2014.

Condition

Total number identified

(a) Pneumonia

2,799,461

(b) Septic pneumonia

1,281

(c) Pericarditis

594,408

(d) Septic Pericarditis

No data held

(e) Peritonitis

466,518

(f) Septic peritonitis

6,339

(q) Oedema

As below

(h) Emaciation/Generalised Oedema

24,288

(i) Bruising or trauma

197,187

(j) Abscesses in offal

294,580

(k) Abscesses in carcases

199,435

(j) and (k) Abscesses

451,461

(l) Pyaemia

33,414

(m) Animals with septicaemia

6,069

(n) Animals with tumours

1,490

(o) Hydronephrosis

No data held

(p) Nephritis and septic nephritis

No data held

(q) Lymphadenitis

No data held

(r) Tuberculosis

27,901

(s) Erysipelas in pigs

9,908

(t) Steatosis

No data held

(u) Actinobacillous

No data held

(v) Actinomycosus

No data held

Note:

(j) and (k) Abscesses relates to sheep, goats, deer and horses. This has been recoded separately as the data is not recorded by either offal or carcase.