BSE testing on fallen animals in knackeries from 2014 to 2018 has amounted to €3,207,955.07, according to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed.
He provided the data – which is published on KildareStreet.com – in response to a parliamentary question from Fianna Fáil’s Jackie Cahill.
The Minister confirmed that no cases of BSE were identified in Ireland in 2014, 2016, 2018 and so far in 2019.
He outlined that one case was identified in both 2015 and 2017 - In 2015, a case of classical BSE was confirmed following an official sampling of a fallen animal aged 48 months and older. The Department then detected a case of Atypical BSE in an 18-year-old cow in 2017.
“The disclosure of this case of Atypical BSE has no impact on Ireland’s current OIE BSE ‘controlled risk’ status or trade status.” the Minster stated.
“Animal health continues to be protected by the ban on the feeding of ruminant meat and bone meal to all farmed animal species.”
He outlined that associated controls are in place to ensure implementation, as well as a range of “further” control measures. “Accessing emerging beef markets in Asia requires robust assurances on BSE and this surveillance provides these assurances.” the Minister concluded.