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Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Information for consumers. Guide, second edition. GIS-BSE (96) 7.5, 29 November 1996

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> X X w w (.) EUROPEAN COMMISSION DIRECTORATE-GENERAL XXIV Consumer Policy GIS-BSE (96) 7.5 or. FR BO\'INE SPONGIFORl\1 ENCEPHALOP"'t\THY (BSE) Information for consumers GUIDE Second edition 29.11.1996 collsvs Text Box User Rectangle User Rectangle Summary Introduction 3 A. What is BSE? 3 B. What is scrapie ? 5 C. What is CJD? 5 ' D. Measures taken to control BSE 7 a. Measures taken before 20 March 1996 7 E. F. G. H. b. Measures follo1Ving the 20 March 1996 announcement by the United Kingdom authorities . 7 Can the ban on certain products covered by the Decision of 27 March be lifted ? ·The situation as regards other bovine products What supplementary measures may be envisaged ? a. b. c. d. In the agricultural sector In the health· sector In the research sector In the cosmetic products sector Conclusions 10 13 14 14 14 15 16 17 ANNEX I Overview of measures taken· by. the Commission and C~uncil to protect consumers ANNEX II ANNEX III ANNEX IV Measures taken by the British Government Resolution of the Consumer Committee Number of confirmed per year, including predicted figures for 1996-1997 on the basis of current policy 2 collsvs Text Box collsvs Text Box INTRODUCTION . (1) The announcement made by the United Kingdom authorities on 20 March 1996 that a link between bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and Creutzfeldt- Jacob Disease (CJD) could not be ruled out provoked an unprecedented crisis of confidence among European consumers with regard to beef and bovine products. · Since then, a flood of contradictory and often incomplete information has merely am,plified these concerns. (2) It is appropriate, then, to inform consumers about the situation and the measures to reinforce consumer safety which have been taken or which are envisaged in the framework of the European Union and to try to outline the scientific . uncertainties at the roo

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