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Specified risk material (SRM)

Specified Risk Material in all Member States from 25 May 2006

Cattle All ages

  • The tonsils, the intestines, from the duodenum to the rectum, and the mesentery;

Over 12 months

  • Skull excluding the mandible but including the brains and eyes, and spinal cord.

Over 24 months

  • Vertebral column, excluding the vertebrae of the tail the spinous and transverse processes of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, the median sacral crest and the wings of the sacrum, but including the dorsal root ganglia.

Sheep and goats All ages

  • The spleen and the ileum

Over 12 months (or permanent incisor erupted)

Skull including the brains and eyes, tonsils, spinal cord.

In addition

  • if SRM is not removed, the entire carcass of a dead animal, not slaughtered for food, must be treated as SRM. This includes the entire carcass of animals, removed to be rendered or incinerated.
  • any material still attached to SRM after dissection of the carcass and any animal matter which comes into contact with that material or with SRM after it has been removed from the carcass will itself be regarded as SRM.

No ash from any of these sources may be spread onto land.

Background to SRM

The Community Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Regulation 999/2001 (as amended) lays down rules for the prevention, control and eradication of certain transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. The Regulation is directly applicable in all Member States and out the requirements for TSE monitoring, animal feeding and the removal of specified risk material.

In England this is enacted by the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (No2) Regulations 2006.

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