Chief vet urges farmers to be vigilant about cattle ages

UK - Farmers face prosecution and the reintroduction of stricter controls if they continue to allow older cattle to enter the food chain, producers have been warned.
calendar icon 28 September 2006
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Debby Reynolds, the government’s chief veterinary officer, said more than 180 cattle born before 1 August 1996 had been illegally sent for slaughter since November 2005 when other animals aged over 30 months were allowed back into the food chain subject to BSE testing.

“This is a serious matter,” she said. “It also calls into question the commitment of the industry to implementing the public health controls which were a condition of lifting the beef export ban and replacing the Over Thirty Month Rule by BSE testing.”


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