Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of James Paice James Paice Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what factors underlay the decision to reduce the number of herds tested for bovine tuberculosis between January and June 2008 compared to the same period in 2007.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State (Farming and the Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

There has been no deliberate decision by DEFRA to decrease the number of herds tested for bovine tuberculosis (TB) in 2008 compared to 2007.

The number of routine TB surveillance tests is determined on the basis of parish testing intervals, which are reviewed on an annual basis. In addition, further testing is generated as a result of new and ongoing TB incidents.

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