Agriculture: Sheep

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Lord Vinson Lord Vinson Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will authorise the extraction of spinal columns from sheep by vacuum, as approved by the European Union, and in the light of the Food Standards Agency placing no restrictions on the import of sheep meat so processed from France and the finding of the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee that the likelihood of BSE in sheep is near zero.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

I refer the noble Lord to the reply I gave him on 10 March 2008 (Hansard, col. WA 193).

As regards the import of sheep meat from France, or any other member state, we have been advised that if unsplit carcases of sheep over 12 months of age are received in the United Kingdom they are, in accordance with European Union regulations, randomly checked for presence of spinal cord. This verification process will involve splitting the carcase.

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