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BSE and carcass disposal

In the UK cows suffering from BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) are now slaughtered and their carcasses taken for disposal.

While it is very unlikely that BSE will affect human health, it is important to take reasonable hygiene precautions in handling carcasses of these animals.

The precautions suggested here will also protect you from other diseases of cattle known to affect man.

So when handling BSE carcasses:

Report all accidents to your employer.

Further information

HSE priced and free publications are available by mail order from:
HSE Books, PO Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO 10 2WA
Tel: 01787 881165 Fax: 01787 313995

Website: (HSE priced publications are also available from bookshops and free leaflets can be downloaded from HSE's website:

Further advice can be obtained from HSE offices (see under Health and Safety Executive in the telephone directory). For other enquiries write to HSE's Information Centre, Broad Lane, Sheffield S3 7HQ.

This document contains notes on good practice which are not compulsory but which you may find helpful in considering what you need to do.

© Crown copyright This publication may be freely reproduced, except for advertising, endorsement or commercial purposes. First published 07/94. Please acknowledge the source as HSE.

Published by the Health and Safety Executive

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