Pigs: Bovine Tuberculosis

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th March 2019.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Conservative, East Yorkshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many TB tests on pigs have returned a negative result after a primary inconclusive test result in England in each year since 2013.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We have interpreted the term ‘inconclusive test result’ as suspect pig slaughterhouse cases, tested in abattoirs when TB-like lesions are identified. For these ‘inconclusive’ cases, post mortem samples have been taken and processed for bacteriological isolation of Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis).

This information is available under the periodical statistics on Gov.UK:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/other-tb-statistics

England

Year

Total individual animal specimens submitted for post-mortem examination

of which:- animal specimens where culturing was not attempted

Animal specimens which underwent laboratory culture

of which:- animal specimens with culture results pending at end of period

of which:- animal specimens that were culture positive for M. Bovis

2011

272

0

272

0

36

2012

191

3

188

0

20

2013

77

3

74

0

31

2014

57

1

56

0

14

2015

67

2

65

0

23

2016

117

13

104

0

23

2017

111

4

107

0

19

Q1-Q3 2018

101

4

97

18

17

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