HC Deb 23 March 1999 vol 328 cc212-3W
Mr. Yeo

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment he has made of the organs, tissues and fluids to which the cells produced in cattle bones may migrate. [76224]

Mr. Nick Brown

[holding answer 12 March 1999]: The hon. Member may be aware that the cells produced in bone marrow contribute to the cell composition of blood and lymph tissues. They may thus be widely distributed through the body. In the context of BSE, a large number of fluids and tissues from cattle, particularly those which enter the human food chain, have been tested for infectivity. Those which may be potentially infected are statutorily required to be removed from the food chain.