BSE testing - changes in responsibilities for removing and disposing of the carcases of fallen cattle aged over 24 months
Note: This is our original regulation update text, published on 8 January 2009. Unlike the rest of our site, this archived material is not updated if the law changes.
Cattle keepers and businesses transporting animal carcases and approved animal by-product premises in England
Took effect on
12 January 2009
From 12 January 2009, cattle producers will take on the responsibilities and costs for the collection and disposal of fallen cattle aged over 24 months. 'Fallen cattle' means cattle that die on farm or in transit or are killed other than for human consumption.
The free collection and disposal service for fallen cattle aged over 48 months will end on 12 January 2009. The service ended on 1 January 2009 for fallen cattle aged between 24 and 48 months.
However, producers must have all animals of 48 months and above tested for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). As a producer, you will be required to arrange for the collection and dispatch to an approved sampling site of all cattle in this age group.
Therefore, if you have under your control the body of a bovine animal which requires BSE testing - ie over 48 months at death - you must do one of the following within 24 hours of the time it died or was killed:
- arrange for it to be collected and delivered to an approved sampling site within 72 hours
- identify an approved sampling site and deliver the animal to that site so that it arrives there for sampling within 72 hours
Collectors with whom arrangements have been made to deliver a body to an approved sampling site for BSE testing, must do so within 48 hours of agreeing to provide a collection service or of the time they took possession of the animal, whichever is the sooner.
You no longer need to contact the TSE surveillance helpline.
You must add the barcode label to a movement card from the animal's passport and send it to the sampling site with the carcase. You must not send the passport with the carcase as you are responsible for returning it to the British Cattle Movement Service.
- Read the latest news and guidance on BSE on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website - Opens in a new window
- Download the explanatory memorandum to the BSE regulations from the Office of Public Sector Information website (PDF) - Opens in a new window
- Download the leaflet explaining the new fallen cattle rules from the Defra website (PDF) - Opens in a new window
Full title of regulation
Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 [SI 2008/3295]
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
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