asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether the latest requirement to treat as specified risk material vertebral column from animals over 30 months, slaughtered under the Beef Allowance Scheme, differs in any way from previous requirements.
The Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (England) Regulations 2002, which came into force on
In the United Kingdom, the only cattle aged over 30 months at slaughter that may enter the food chain are those from low BSE-risk beef assurance scheme (BAS) herds, as they are the only domestic animals exempt from the general prohibition on the sale for human consumption of fresh meat from bovines aged over 30 months. Previously there had been no domestic requirement to remove vertebral column from BAS animals.