Swiss BSE Controls Rewarded With Lower Risk Status

UK - The Swiss beef industry was yesterday rewarded for its efforts in controlling bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), when the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reduced its status to "controlled risk" for the disease.
calendar icon 24 May 2007
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This status is considered favorable within the international community, and could provide leverage to ease restrictions imposed on beef products and improve exports sales.

The controlled risk classification recognizes that OIE-recommended science-based safety measures are in place to manage the risk of BSE infection in cattle.

The first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, was reported in Britain in 1986.

In 1990 Switzerland became the third European country after the UK and Ireland to register cases of BSE, instances of which peaked to 68 during 1995. Around that period, meat sales fell by about ten per cent, according to statistics reported in Swiss media.

Source: foodproduction
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