Dunbia Northern Ireland is recalling a number of meat products after finding that an Over Thirty Month old cow has entered the food chain without being tested for BSE.
A meat company, Dunbia Northern Ireland, is recalling a number of meat products after finding that an Over Thirty Month old cow has entered the food chain without being tested for BSE.
The incident occurred because of human error at the abattoir when a 54-month-old cow was wrongly identified as being less than thirty months old. Under the TSE (Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy) legislation, all cattle over 30 months must be tested for BSE and found to be negative before they can enter the food chain.
Meat and other products from the carcass of the cow were mixed with those from other animals slaughtered at the same time and these have entered the food chain. Action is being taken to recall raw, unprocessed products from affected batches because, under the TSE legislation, they have to be disposed of as animal by-products and cannot enter the food chain.
For more information on the products recalled, see Food Standards Agency website.