Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in animals

Entry to the Department's web pages on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in animals and its links to variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in humans.

Page last updated: 20 October 2009

Welcome to the Department of Health’s website about BSE and its links to variant vCJD.

This website has been developed to provide information on measures taken by the Australian Government to protect the health of the Australian public.

Australia has changed its BSE food import policy for imported beef and beef products, effective 1 March 2010, to allow the importation and/or sale of beef and beef products, under agreed conditions, from countries that have reported cases of BSE. Media release: Australia refines its food safety rules for imported beef and beef products