Tension is increasing again in the industry following the government's announcement shortly before Christmas of no immediate change in the Over Thirty Month Scheme, the anti BSE measure designed to keep out of the food chain any cattle old enough to have contracted the disease. Some processor and producer lobbyists claim it would be logical to increase the limit progressively because the risk relates to the period more than three years ago when cattle was potentially exposed to contaminated feed, not to the chronological age of the animals. Others argue is is better to err on the side of caution in the interests of maintaining public confidence in the safety of beef.The government's advisory committee has adopted this approach, partly because it sees BSE being eradicated more slowly than earlier expected and raising the age limit "may reintroduce an unacceptable level of risk". {{MEAT }}