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New BSE Test Could Help Allay Meat Safety Fears

14 August 2008

UK - A test to instantly detect beef that has been contaminated with tissue from a cow's brain or spinal cord during slaughter could improve control of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in the food supply chain, claims a US study.

A test to instantly detect beef contaminated with tissue from a cow's brain or spinal cord during slaughter could improve control of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in the food supply chain, claims a US study.

Researchers, who worked in conjunction with the National Animal Disease Center of the US Agriculture Department’s Agricultural Research Service, said a new real-time monitoring test of possible central nervous system (CNS) contamination during slaughter would provide an additional, science-based tool for sanitation measures in abattoirs. This could have applications in helping to prevent the onset of BSE.
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Source: foodproductiondaily.com


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