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Agriculture: BSE

Volume 708: debated on Thursday 26 February 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether in Clause 6(1)(b) of the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (England) (Amendment) (Regulations) 2008 (SI 2008/3295) the use of the word “detain” implies that the person who has the body of a dead goat should keep it in a secure place until it is collected. [HL1441]

The purpose behind the requirement to detain the body of a dead goat (if so directed) contained in paragraph 1(1)(b) of Schedule 2 to the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (England) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1881), as amended by the above regulations, is to enable its collection for testing. However, regulation 11(4) of the Animal By-Products Regulations 2005 (SI 2005/2347), which applies to the carcases of any livestock that has not been slaughtered for human consumption, requires the person in possession of the carcase to ensure that it is held in such a way that animals and birds (including wild animals and birds) do not have access to it.