Farm locked down after mad cow disease found

BSE has been detected on a farm in Scotland

It has been described as an "isolated case" and did not enter the human food chain, meaning there is no risk to human health, a spokesman for Food Standards Scotland said.

It said the disease did not represent a threat to human health.

The disease was discovered after the animal died.

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease in cattle that may be passed to humans who have eaten infected flesh.

A case of BSE - commonly dubbed "mad cow disease" - has been found on a Scottish farm, though the isolated case posed no risk to human health, the devolved government in Edinburgh said Thursday (Oct 18).

"Consumers can be reassured that these important protection measures remain in place and that Food Standards Scotland official veterinarians and meat hygiene inspectors working in all abattoirs in Scotland will continue to ensure that in respect of BSE controls, the safety of consumers remains a priority".

Scotland's Chief Veterinary Officer Sheila Voas said: "While it is too early to tell where the disease came from in this case, its detection is proof that our surveillance system is doing its job".

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Restrictions have been put in place at the unnamed farm as an investigation is carried out into the source. The disease also affects the animal's coordination, causing trembling or stumbling, according to The Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University.

Four others in the herd were destroyed as a precaution.

Britain grappled with a massive outbreak throughout the 1990s when hundreds of thousands of cattle were diagnosed with BSE, resulting n a worldwide ban on beef exports from the United Kingdom.

Strict controls were introduced to protect consumers after the link was established in 1996.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Britain suffered an epidemic of mad cow disease that killed several people and led to widespread export bans on beef.

In the 1990s, a mass outbreak of BSE resulted in a ten year ban instituted by the European Union on importing British beef, which began in 1996.

This is the first case of BSE on United Kingdom soil since 2015, according to the BBC.

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