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The amendments follow on a risk assessment conducted by Health Canada, which identified as specified risk materials the brain, skull, eyes, tonsils, vertebral column, spinal cord, and all dorsal root ganglia from cattle over 30 months of age, and small intestines for cattle of all ages, the agency said in a regulatory impact analysis statement published with the finalized amendments August 13, 2003.
Among other things, the panel recommended that Canada prohibit the presence of specified risk materials (SRMs) in food and animal feed.
Both the Committee and the European Commission have called on Member States to implement adequate BSE tests and ensure that Specified Risk Materials (SRMs) are removed from livestock carcasses before they enter the food chain.
Following Council discussions on the implementing the ban on imports from non-EU countries containing Specified Risk Materials (SRMs), the Commission tabled a proposal on 20 March for the Standing Veterinary Committee to exempt certain countries from the ban.
The Standing Veterinary Committee also discussed the question of the export of carcasses from German abattoirs containing Specified Risk Materials (SRMs) to the United Kingdom.
Consumer Protection Commissioner David Byrne threatened Germany and The Netherlands with export bans on 5 March after United Kingdom inspectors found banned Specified Risk Materials (SRMs) in meat exports from the two countries.
Reports are emerging that British authorities have found traces of banned specified risk materials (SRMs) in beef coming from abattoirs in the Netherlands and Germany.
The Presidency noted that the Commission had already excluded some specified risk materials (SRMs) from sheep and goats from the human food chain (see European Report No 2571), and it would continue to manage that list of SRMs in the light of any new scientific developments.

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