Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Ceisteanna (185, 186)

Martin Kenny

Ceist:

185. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the information retained by his Department on historical and recent BSE cases here relating to the animal, the herdowner and-or the holding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49187/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Martin Kenny

Ceist:

186. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the length of time his Department retains information on historical BSE cases; the persons or bodies this information is shared with; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49188/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 185 and 186 together.

Details of all positive BSE cases since 1989 are retained in my Department.  The cases contain important epidemiological information and assist in assessing future BSE and TSE risk.

The European database on BSE cases is managed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), who was delegated that responsibility by the European Commission.  There is a mandatory requirement to report all positive cases to the EFSA.  Annual returns and reports of positive cases are also made to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).