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Commission prohibits use of TSE risk materials

The European Commission has published a Decision which prohibits the use of material presenting risks regarding transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs).

The Decision, adopted on 30 July 1997, prohibits any use, other than for teaching and research purposes, of the fo...
The European Commission has published a Decision which prohibits the use of material presenting risks regarding transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs).

The Decision, adopted on 30 July 1997, prohibits any use, other than for teaching and research purposes, of the following specified risk materials in the EU:

- The skull, including brain, eyes, tonsils and spinal cord, of: . Bovine animals aged over 12 months; . Ovine and caprine animals aged over 12 months, or having a permanent incisor tooth erupted through the gums;
- The spleens of ovine and caprine animals.

The disposal of specified risk material, and the monitoring of its implementation is also covered by the Decision, which will enter into force on 1 January 1998.

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