FSA looks into new BSE case

A third incident of BSE-untested over-30-month (OTM) cattle entering the food chain is being investigated by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The heifer, which was slaughtered on 30 November at ABP Shrewsbury, did have specified risk material removed - the parts of the animal that would contain more than 99% of any infectivity that would be present if the animal had BSE. Therefore, any risk to human health from this heifer was extremely low, said the FSA.

Most of the meat was sold fresh to catering suppliers, with the remainder going for sale in retail packs. The FSA said all of this meat will have passed its use-by date, even if frozen by the consumer.