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Bovine Tuberculosis

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 33912, tabled on 13 April 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost was of gamma interferon testing for bovine tuberculosis in (a) High Risk, (b) Edge and (c) Low Risk Areas in each year since 2010.

Answered on

18 April 2016

The estimated laboratory costs to Government for interferon gamma testing carried out in the current bovine TB risk areas in each financial year since 2010/11 are:

Cost (£)

Year

High Risk Area

Edge Area

Low Risk Area

2010/11

30,000

85,000

187,000

2011/12

10,000

138,000

76,000

2012/13

22,000

225,000

84,000

2013/14

55,000

369,000

145,000

2014/15

63,000

760,000

122,000

These costs do not include field costs such as sampling or transport.

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