What is Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) and does Australia have it?


Australia does not have Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) or 'mad-cows disease' or as it is more commonly referred to.

BSE is a Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE); an incurable central nervous system illness that has been detected in a number of species, including livestock and humans. BSE is found in cattle while in sheep it is called Scrapie.

Australia has strict quarantine measures and surveillance programs in place to meet international standards for the detection of TSE. Australia has a recognised TSE-free status and is considered a ‘negligible risk’ BSE country (the highest status attainable).

Read more about Australia's meat safety systems that underpin its disease-free status.


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Australia holds a disease free status for FMD and TSE (BSE or 'mad-cows' disease and Scrapie)

The Australian red meat industry works closely with state and federal government agencies to ensure Australia’s meat safety systems remain world class.

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