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Prevention and control of TSEs

The European Commission has adopted a new proposal on the prevention and control of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs), which addresses the human and animal health aspects of food and feed production relating to risks of exposure to all TSEs. The main objective o...
The European Commission has adopted a new proposal on the prevention and control of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs), which addresses the human and animal health aspects of food and feed production relating to risks of exposure to all TSEs. The main objective of the proposal is to create a legal base for the control and prevention of all animal TSEs and to consolidate much of the existing legislation on Bovine and Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies. The proposed legislation also takes account of recent scientific opinion in this field, such as the opinion of the International Office of Epizootics (OIE).

Provisions relating to the determination of TSE status and the implementation of monitoring systems are proposed, as well as the prohibition in certain countries of feeding any farmed animal with protein derived from mammals. The proposed legislation would not however apply to industrial, cosmetic or pharmaceutical products or to medical devices, as there is not considered to be an inherent risk for human or animal health.

In addition, a draft proposal for a Commission decision on the removal and destruction of Specified Risk Material (SRM) has also been endorsed. The requirements which would be imposed will depend on the classification of the SRM, which will be carried out on the basis of information supplied by the country concerned.

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