Healthy cattle slaughtered above eight years of age should continue to be tested for BSE in Germany, according to a German food safety watchdog.
The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (FLI) said that all healthy cattle slaughtered aged older than eight years (96 months) should continue to be systematically tested in order to record cases of BSE and to recognise a potential new epidemic as early as possible.
The last case in Germany was detected in 2009.
A discussion is currently ongoing in the EU whether the mandatory BSE testing regime of healthy slaughtered cattle could be relaxed or abolished entirely.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published an opinion in October 2012 in which the consequences of the existing testing regime are modelled.