Mad about the cow
THE Scottish government and Food Standards Scotland have reassured the public that there’s no threat to human health after a case of BSE, better known as madcow disease, was detected on a farm in Aberdeenshire earlier this month. It’s the first time in 10 years that the disease has been confirmed in Scotland, although another case was diagnosed in Wales in 2015.
Speaking to the Scottish Parliament, Scotland’s Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, Mairi Gougeon, said that ‘the animal that was positively diagnosed for BSE was not destined for the food chain’. She also explained that a movement ban has been placed on the farm as the Animal and Plant Health Agency investigates the source of the disease, possibly a freak genetic mutation.
Scotland’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Sheila Voas, urges farmers who have any concerns to ‘seek veterinary advice immediately’. CP