Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
740. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when the epidemiological report into the discovery of atypical BSE in a cow in County Tipperary will be finalised; when his attention was drawn to the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10631/20]
On 14 May, my Department identified a suspected case of 'Atypical BSE' in a 14-year old cow as a result of its surveillance of ‘fallen’ animals – these are on-farm deaths which are sent to a collection centre (knackery) for sampling and destruction. On 22 May, confirmatory tests carried out at my Department’s Central Veterinary Research Laboratory verified the suspect case as one of Atypical BSE.
I can confirm that the epidemiological report on the animals has been completed and that a summary of the key findings will be made available in due course.