- Certain types of English sausage could be banned by the
Government following a new BSE scare.
- Scientists have warned that sheep's intestines - used
in 15% of sausages - could be banned because three might be a risk of the
product spreading BSE/CJD to humans.
- Other advice offered includes recommending that baby
food cans containing lamb are clearly marked showing the country of origin
of the meat.
- The advice has been made to the Food Safety Authority
by scientists who have stressed that the link has not been proved.
- Instead, the precautions are a measure designed to further
shorten the theoretical risk of humans contracting CJD - the human form
of mad cow disease.
- The Safety Agency has also been advised to alert Muslim
and Afro Caribbean people to take extra care as they are amongst the largest
lamb eating groups in the UK.
- The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
welcomed the warning but stressed that there was no proven risk and as
such, would be no departmental action taken.
- No sheep in the UK have ever tested positive to date
for any presence of BSE.