Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE): case confirmed in Aberdeenshire

23 October 2018

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A case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) has been confirmed on a farm in Aberdeenshire.

In-line with the disease prevention response plan, precautionary movement restrictions have been put in place at the farm, while further investigations to identify the origin of the disease occur.

All animals over four years of age that die on farms are routinely tested for BSE under Scotland’s comprehensive surveillance system. Whilst the disease is not directly transmitted from animal to animal, its cohorts, including offspring, have been traced and isolated and will be destroyed in line with EU requirements.

In addition to the measures for fallen stock and animal feed, there is a strict control regime to protect consumers. This includes the removal of specified risk material such as the spinal column, brain and skull from carcasses.

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) have confirmed there is no risk to human health as a result of this isolated case.

Source: Scottish Government, 18 October 2018