Our response to DEFRA's consultation highlights factors that are overlooked
Due recognition of the spread and persistence of prion molecules in the environment is still lacking. Appropriate monitoring and control must be specified in the Amendment Regulations. The resistance and pathogenicity of such particles and their transmission through the environment may constitute a serious developing threat, which could arise not only from burials of culled animals and excreta from such livestock, as well as from affected wild and feral animals, both obviously diseased or manifesting no signs of the affliction but harbouring infective prions.
These observations apply likewise to disposals of human excreta and of remains by burial and inadequate cremation.
Dr. Alan Long