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Sheep Meat

House of Lords written question – answered on 1st May 2002.

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Photo of The Earl of Caithness The Earl of Caithness Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have any plans to keep ovines over 12 months of age out of the food chain.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

A stakeholder group of consumer, industry and scientific experts has been meeting over recent months to consider whether or not, in the face of continuing uncertainty over BSE and sheep, any additional measures should be taken to protect or inform consumers. The group is considering a range of options, including some relating to the age of sheep, but has yet to report. The Food Standards Agency intends to consult fully on the stakeholder report when it is finalised.

Meanwhile, the position of the Food Standards Agency remains that it is not advising against the consumption of sheep meat. Rebo

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