Date Published: 1 May 2009

Monthly report of specified risk material and other BSE control breaches

Health Food - illustrating an item from the UK Food Standards Agency.

The following report from the Food Standards Agency provides a monthly update on specified risk material (SRM) finds and related issues. These reports are posted on the Agency’s website normally during the second week of each month.

On 11 March 2009, a report was made to the Meat Hygiene Service by the receiving food business operator of the discovery of a health marked ewe side containing spinal cord. Spinal cord is SRM in sheep aged over 12 months at slaughter or where a permanent incisor has erupted. The side was detained. The other carcasses in the consignment were checked and found to be free from SRM. No SRM entered the food supply as a result of this incident.

Investigations revealed that the animal had been processed on 10 March at JV Richards (Rietfontein) Ltd, a slaughterhouse in Cornwall, where the spinal cord should have been removed before the carcass was consigned to London Central Markets. Measures have been taken to prevent a recurrence.

The receiving organisation, London Central Markets, was not responsible for the breach.

Background on SRM issues:

* SRM is that part of the animal most likely to contain BSE infectivity
* The SRM controls are applied as a precautionary safety measure for sheep. No BSE has been found in the UK sheep flock
* Under European Union law, SRM must be removed as soon as possible after slaughter, stained and disposed of safely

 

Source: Food Standards Agency (FSA), UK.

Also in the News:

AMA urges careful use of anti-viral medicines - 1 May '09

CQC reaction to Alberti and Colin-Thome reviews on Mid Staffordshire NHS foundation trust - 30 Apr '09

NHS must recruit enough doctors and nurses to look after patients, says BMA - 30 Apr '09

AMA calls for ban of junk food advertising on children's TV - 30 Apr '09

WA Health steps up State influenza plans - 30 Apr '09

Counterfeit medical products - 30 Apr '09

Aspirin for forty somethings could cut cancer risk - 29 Apr '09

Mexican Swine Influenza - Update - 29 Apr '09

There are many different angels working in all areas of human experience.

Although care has been taken when compiling this page, the information contained might not be completely up to date. Accuracy cannot be guaranteed. This material is copyright. See terms of use.

IvyRose Holistic 2003-2019.