Tuesday 6 December 2016

Mad Cow case in Wales poses no risk to the public, officials report

Published 01/10/2015 | 15:38

Cattle (stock photo)
Cattle (stock photo)

Mad cow disease has been identified in a dead cow in Wales, the Welsh government has confirmed.

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The case of BSE was found in a deceased cow as a result of "strict control measures", which see all animals over four years old that die on a farm routinely tested for the disease.

Authorities were quick to reassure the public there was no risk to human health as the dangerous prion had not entered the human food chain.

"Identification of this case demonstrates that the controls we have in place are working well," Rebecca Evans, Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, told the BBC.

"The disease was not directly transmitted from animal to animal, the dead cow's cohorts, including offspring, had been traced, and will be destroyed in line with EU rules."

Officials were working to investigate the circumstances of the case, she added.

It is the latest in a small number of cases of BSE identified across the UK in recent years, with the last case recorded in Wales in 2013.

Since BSE was first identified in Britain in 1986, strict controls have tempered the spread of the disease."

From 1996 to 2006 there was a European Union ban on importing British beef.

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