R10. The Agency should undertake a risk assessment on the effect of removing

susceptible animals from flocks with established scrapie as soon as practicable.

The food safety impact of this precautionary measure should be considered

together with the practicability of implementation to determine if it represents a

proportionate risk management option.

R11. The Agency should recommend to the European Commission that intestine

from all sheep be added to the current list of SRM for sheep as an additional

precautionary measure, and that this be reviewed when research is able to

quantify the level of infectivity removed by processing. This additional

precautionary measure is complemented by the recommendations made in

paragraphs 18 to 21.




Sir John Krebs Chairman, FSA


Mike Attenborough Meat and Livestock Commission

Sue Davies Consumers’ Association

Sue Dibb National Consumer Council

Peter Hewson FSA, Veterinary Directorate

Suzi Leather FSA, Deputy Chair

Geoffrey Podger FSA, Chief Executive

Prof. Bill Reilly Scottish Food Advisory Committee

Prof. Peter Smith London School of Hygiene and Tropical

(Prof. James Ironside – 1 st meeting) Medicine; SEAC Chair

Dr Mike Simmons Welsh Assembly Government

John Rankin Ulster Farmers’ Union

Dr Debby Reynolds FSA, Veterinary Director


Frances Hall / Lester Firkins Human BSE Foundation

Carolyn Ferguson FSA Scotland

William Gillmore / Jim Ross FSA Northern Ireland

Neil Martinson FSA, Director of Communications

Mike Pender FSA Wales

Dr Rowena Jecock DH

Lewis Grant MHS

Anna Murray / Stuart Baxter SEERAD

Dr Peter Nash /Sue Golligher DEFRA

Cyril Rutledge DARD NI



Option e. SEAC have recently concluded that susceptible animals from flocks

with established scrapie (as opposed to flocks into which a scrapie infected animal

has been imported), would be more likely to carry TSE infection. Hence additional

measures to remove such animals from the food chain would reduce the

theoretical risk to public health. SEAC's conclusion is on the basis that such

animals could have been exposed to infection, which could theoretically be BSE.