Mad about the cow

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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

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