HC Deb 26 April 1990 vol 171 c314W
Mr. Ron Davies

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he has conducted any research by means of histopathological examination of porcine brains, or by any other method, into the possibility of pigs developing a spongiform encephalopathy from the consumption of scrapie-infected sheep remains.

Mr. Maclean

Histopathology of porcine brains is conducted on submissions from veterinary practitioners by pathologists in the veterinary investigation service and at the central veterinary laboratory. No evidence of a spongiform encephalopathy in pigs has ever been found.

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