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UK Steps Up to 'Controlled' BSE Risk Status

17 June 2008

UK - Praise was given to the achievements made in the UK for tackling the BSE outbreak, as the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) upgraded the BSE to ‘controlled risk’ status.

The OIE sets out risk-based criteria for the export of live bovines and bovine products. It agreed a new system of categorising exporting countries on the basis of BSE risk as ‘negligible’, ‘controlled’ or ‘undetermined’.

The UK applied for categorisation under the new system in March 2007. Confirmation of the UK’s ‘controlled risk’ status will support the opening of more international markets for the export of UK cattle and beef.

The Chief Veterinary Officer, Mr. Nigel Gibbens said,

“I welcome the international community’s recognition of the UK’s huge achievements in controlling BSE. However, we have not eradicated this disease yet and I would urge farmers and their veterinary surgeons to remain vigilant for possible cases”. The countries that were awarded a negligible risk status included: Australia, Argentina, Finland, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Singapore, Sweden and Uruguay.

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