Summary of Consultation Responses - Acknowledgements and Introduction
Thank you to all the respondents who took the time to respond to the consultation. Every reply has been examined thoroughly and every effort has been made to represent the views and opinions received.
The European Union (EU) has agreed an amendment to Commission Decision 719/2009/EC to provide the United Kingdom (UK) and 24  other Member States with the options of (i) increasing the age threshold above which healthy cattle slaughtered for human consumption require testing for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), from 1 July 2011; and (ii) testing a sample of such cattle from 1 January 2013.
We consulted non-formally on implementing this change as required by Article 9 of Regulation (EC) No. 178/2002 .The Scottish Government will seek advice from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and health ministers before making any changes to BSE testing of cattle slaughtered for human consumption in Scotland.
The consultation package included a partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment. This provides further detail on the above measures in terms of their impact on stakeholders.
The Scottish Government and the Food Standards Agency have been fully involved in the preparation of the consultation papers.
Separate consultations on proposals to make similar changes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are being carried out in those countries.
At time consultation was launched since there were 21 other countries on the list but since then, Member States agreed that three more Member States should be added.
Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety