In a bid to further combat any risks related to the exposure of BSE the European Commission agreed three proposals on Wednesday. The proposals take into account the opinion of the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) which met on 12th January and the Agriculture Council on the 29th January. The first proposal obliges all Member States to remove the vertebral column from all cattle over 12 months and mechanically recovered meat will be forbidden from all bones of ruminants. Secondly, countries will be required to pressure-cook rendered animal fats from ruminants for food and feed. Finally the third proposal authorises certain hydrolysed proteins from fish and feathers. David Byrne, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection commented "With these proposals we add an additional layer of protection for the consumers"He also stresed that Member States must be "vigilant in ensuring that all existing safety laws are fully applied". The proposals are to be put forward to the Standing Veterinary Committee on Wednesday.