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The emergence of a new variant of Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease during the BSE epidemic led to the ban on the use of specified risk materials (SRM) as a measure to minimize human exposure risk to transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. The tissues of the central nervous system account for 95% of the infected load in a BSE case approaching the end of the incubation period. CNS such as brain and spinal cord are among the SRM which must be removed under official control at the slaughtering stage. In order to ensure the absence of CNT in meat products and to facilitate the control of food adulteration there is a need for a suitable analytical method. a method based on a Western Blot test kit analysing neuron specific enolase has been recently developed and validated at a global level in a collaborative trial study. The results of this validation study will be presented in this paper.

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Authors: BARRERO MORENO J ET AL, JRC, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Ispra (IT);LUECKER E, University of Leipzig, Institute for Food Hygiene, Department of Meat Hygiene (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: The Conference Laboratory Diagnostics Veterinary Association. Held in: Valen?ia (ES), 16-17 November 2001
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