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FSA Report BSE Control Breach

19 April 2007

UK - The Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) has reported the discovery of spinal cord, which is SRM, in a forequarter of fresh beef despatched from the Republic of Ireland to an approved cutting plant in England.

The spinal cord should have been removed at the slaughterhouse in the Republic of Ireland, AIBP (Clones) Ltd, Co. Monaghan prior to despatch.

The breach was discovered at ABP Shrewsbury and was part of a consignment of 220 beef quarters.

The receiving company, ABP Shrewsbury, was not responsible for the breach.

The remainder of the consignment was checked and found to be clear of SRM. The affected forequarter was condemned.

Between 14 December 2006 and 13 February 2007, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Northern Ireland (DARD), reported 21 separate incidents where tonsillar material, which is SRM, was discovered in bovine heads originating from eight separate plants in the Republic of Ireland (details of all the plants are provided in the accompanying tables of breaches).

The material was discovered at Eurostock Foods Newry Ltd, a licensed cutting plant in Northern Ireland. The tonsillar material should have been removed in the Republic of Ireland prior to despatch. The receiving company, Eurostock Foods Newry Ltd, was not responsible for the breaches.

The affected heads were condemned.

The Department of Agriculture and Food in the Republic of Ireland has been informed of these incidents

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