Animal Health Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:30 pm on 7th October 2002.

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Photo of The Countess of Mar The Countess of Mar Crossbench 6:30 pm, 7th October 2002

While the Minister is waiting for a reply from his officials, is it not the case that meat from a dead animal goes through a phase where it becomes fairly highly acid—in other words, it goes below 6 pH—and at this point any foot and mouth virus within it will normally be killed. The only parts of a dead animal where foot and mouth has been found to survive are the lymph glands and the bone marrow. The treatment required is often a matter of making sure that the meat is allowed to become acid before it is chilled, so it is kept at room temperature for a while so that the normal biological effects take place.