HC Deb 15 January 1998 vol 304 c291W
Mr. Dawson

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment he has made of the risks to nearby communities from the burning of tallow to power animal rendering processes. [23164]

Mr. Rooker

Studies to assess the effectiveness of the rendering processes to inactivate BSE and scrapie infectivity (Taylor et al 1995, Taylor et al 1997) failed to detect any infectivity in tallow. The majority of tallow produced under the Over Thirty Months Scheme is being safely and securely stored pending a final decision being taken on the disposal options. Small amounts of tallow are being burned in some rendering plants to power the rendering process subject to the consent of the local authority.

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