EU to test cattle aged over 30 months “at risk” of BSEBMJ 2000; 321 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7273.1368 (Published 02 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1368
- Rory Watson
The European Union is preparing to carry out a major testing programme of cattle aged over 30 months to determine the exact scale of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in mainland Europe.
From January 2000, rapid screening tests will be introduced for all animals above that age considered to be at risk because they are fallen stock (cattle that are physically damaged), are being presented for emergency slaughter, or have died with neurological or other clinical symptoms.
On the basis of the results of this first stage of the programme, governments will then decide how to implement their agreement to …
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