The Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) which advises the European Commission on Transmissible/Bovine Spongiform Encephalophaties (TSE/BSE) and other multidisciplinary issues today a series of opinions on BSE related matters. They concern culling (destruction of animals related to a TSE case), the risk related to penetrative stunning at slaughter and an update on the safety of animal materials from the heads of cattle, sheep and goats. The Committee also updated its method for assessing the Geographical BSE Risk in view of recent developments and classifies Finland, Austria and Slovenia as category III.