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, what the average time taken is from the date of a first sample to a final test result in TB tests on pigs in England for each year since 2013.

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

The average time to obtain results from growing cultures in the laboratory from samples taken from pigs can vary between 42 and 98 days.

AnimalsAverage Days
20137381
201468111
20156593
201610493
201710888
201814492

APHA’s laboratory IT system does not hold the date the sample was taken. The data provided above has been calculated using the date when the samples were received at the APHA laboratory. This data excludes any incomplete submissions or those currently pending.

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