Bovine Tuberculosis

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th June 2012.

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Photo of The Countess of Mar The Countess of Mar Deputy Speaker (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many camelids were slaughtered for meat in English and Welsh abattoirs in each year since 2003; and how many of those animals were found to have bovine tuberculosis lesions.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Food Standards Agency collects throughput data to ensure compliance with EC Regulation 882/2004 (charging) and to use as management information. Under Regulation 882/2004, the competent authority must ensure minimum charges for specified categories of animals. There is no specific category for camelids. These are classified as ruminants which will include other species. We are therefore unable to provide camelid specific data.

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