BVA welcomes progress on BSE negligible risk status in Northern Ireland and Scotland

24 February 2017

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and BVA Northern Ireland and Scottish branches have welcomed progress on achieving BSE negligible risk status in both countries following a DAERA announcement that the World Organisation for Animal Health’s (OIE) Scientific Commission has recommended that Northern Ireland be recognised as an area having negligible risk for BSE and reports in the Scottish press that BSE regulations ‘might be lifted in coming months’.

On the OIE’s recommendation, Jean Wales BVA Northern Ireland Branch President said:
“BVA Northern Ireland Branch welcomes this recommendation from OIE and looks forward to the amendment of the EU TSE Regulation (999/2001) following its ratification at the OIE World Assembly of Delegates at the 85th General Session in May 2017. This is a just reward for the efforts of the veterinary profession and others in the application of BSE controls over the years. While there will be continued need for controls and surveillance, this is good news for the NI agri-food industry and rural economy as new markets are sought for our produce.”

BVA President Gudrun Ravetz welcomed progress towards BSE negligible risk status in both countries while underlining the importance of continued surveillance:
“In our responses to government consultations in Northern Ireland and Scotland, BVA supported BSE negligible risk status for both countries while emphasising the need for the robust following of import tracings and the continued need for surveillance of suspicious cases.”

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