A total of 105 cases of BSE have been confirmed to date in 2003, including one case from a depopulated herd. This represents a reduction of 43% on the corresponding period in 2002, when 185 cases, including two cases from depopulated herds, were confirmed.
The feeding of meat and bone meal to ruminants was banned in 1990. I assume the Deputy in referring to the ban on meat and bone meal means the date from which enhanced controls in relation to meat and bone meal, specified risk material and the processing of mammalian waste products were introduced in October 1996 and February and March 1997 respectively. In 2003, two BSE cases were confirmed in animals born in 1997.