Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) case confirmed on a farm in Scotland

The veterinary surveillance system was able to effectively detect this potential risk

A case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) has today been confirmed on a farm in Scotland. Precautionary movement restrictions have been put in place at the farm, while the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) carries out further investigations to identify the origin of the disease outbreak. There is no existing evidence that the disease can be transmitted from animal to animal, but four cohort animals on the affected farm, including offspring, will be destroyed shortly in line with EU requirements.
British Veterinary Association President Simon Doherty said:
“The Scottish Government have today confirmed a single case of classical BSE in Aberdeenshire. We understand that this animal was identified as a result of routine control measures in place for fallen stock and that it did not enter the human food chain. For this reason Food Standards Scotland have confirmed this case poses no risk to human health.
“While this is clearly a matter of concern for everyone involved in the farming industry and the veterinary profession, we are pleased that the comprehensive and robust veterinary surveillance system was able to quickly and effectively detect this potential risk. Both the farmer and the vet involved deserve praise for their part in identifying this case, allowing the authorities to put in place appropriate precautionary measures.
“We are communicating regularly with our colleagues in the relevant species divisions and with the Scottish Government. We hope the APHA will be able to provide further clarity on the disease’s origins once their investigations are complete.
“We are confident that Official Veterinarians in Scotland will be working alongside Meat Hygiene Inspectors to ensure that the safety of consumers remains a priority in all abattoirs. Any farmer who has concerns should seek immediate advice from their veterinary practice.”