(To see the extraordinary list of regulations regarding goats - themselves "summarised" from a 13 page booklet - click here)

Latest scrapie info from the British Goat Society

website www.allgoats.com (News pages). Christine Ball (GoatsUK).

Latest on Scrapie

(from Ruth Goodwin 16/02/02)

Despite the fact that there is NO evidence of BSE in sheep or goats, looking for it and taking precautions is still big business.

A 94-page consultation, the draft of the TSE (England) Regulations 2002, required BGS comments by 11th March.

Its purpose is to transpose EC Regulation 999/2001 into English law, which will come into force this April.

Since TSE's are transmitted orally, ( warmwell note: it says here with apparent conviction but see other posting at the bottom of the page ) the thrust of the new law is to keep possibly infective material out of the diet of humans and food animals.

Meat and bone meal, as we know, is banned from animal feed and agricultural fertilisers;
we commented that it is strange to allow it in garden fertilisers when most goat-keepers feed vegetable garden surplus to their goats.

The EU have increased the number of sheep and goat brains which must be sampled annually for scrapie/BSE.

The number for goats in the UK is now 240 insteadof 88.

DEFRA held a meeting on March 8th to discuss the testing.

The Food Standards Agency are considering, as one possible precaution, banning sheep and goats over one year old from the food chain.

This would be something of a disaster - we shall know the final plans by the end of March.

BGS representatives are meeting DEFRA's TSE Sheep (and goat) Division on April12th to discuss the way ahead.

Meanwhile the Scrapie Information Group has been enlarged to include, among others, abattoir and rendering plant owners. This Group too meets in April.


2 Message #2 of 2: Date Posted: 17 Mar 2002 22:48:54

Author wrote:
> Also on the BGS Website which is on our "Links" page.
> Christine [UK].
> Latest on Scrapie (from Ruth Goodwin 16/02/02)
Despite the fact that there> Since TSE's are transmitted orally, the thrust of the new law is to keep> possibly infective material out of the diet of humans and food animals. Pure conjecture!!!!
Looking for more research funding to keep the 'boys' in jobs.
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