EFSA’s opinion on the consumption of young sheep and goats originating from TSE (transmissible spongiform encephalopathies) affected flocks

21.7.2008

<div>The European Commission has asked EFSA for a scientific opinion as to whether young sheep and goats from 3 months of age up to 6 months of age originating from farms with TSE affected flocks (classical scrapie) can be slaughtered for human consumption. Under current EU legislation all animals affected with scrapie on a farm have to be destroyed.</div>

Also all of the parents and last offspring of these animals, as well as the other sheep and goats on the farm have to be killed, with a few exceptions. The exception has been granted amongst others for delivering sheep and goats under the age of three months to slaughter.

Scrapie has not been found to be transferable to humans. The assessment and opinion of EFSA’s Biological Hazards Panel (BIOHAZ) have been published on EFSA’s Internet pages:
http://www.efsa.europa.eu/EFSA/efsa_locale-1178620753812_1178720554175.htm.
According to the Panel there was not sufficient data available to issue an opinion and therefore there is no reason to change the legislation for the time being.


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