BSE not brought on by contaminated animal feed

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The invention of a bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) contaminated cow in Aberdeenshire is predicted to have a “negligible” affect on exports, the Scottish rural affairs minister has mentioned.

Mairi Gougeon advised members of the Scottish Parliament it might now be 11 years from the delivery of the animal contaminated with so-called mad cow illness earlier than the nation might return to its earlier BSE negligible threat standing.


The contaminated animal was discovered useless at a farm within the Huntly space of Aberdeenshire and routine testing picked up the illness.

A motion ban has been put in place on the farm as investigators attempt to decide the supply of an infection.

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Talking at Holyrood throughout Topical Questions, Ms Gougeon mentioned early investigations haven’t recognized any downside with animal feed, which has been a supply of outbreaks previously.


Ms Gougeon mentioned: “This might nicely be the tail finish of the epidemic that we noticed within the 1990s.”

Previous to the invention of the newest case, Scotland had been BSE free since 2009, and the final recorded case of the illness within the UK was in Wales in 2015.

The farmer whose cow was discovered to have BSE has mentioned he had taken delight in doing every part appropriately and it was “heartbreaking” to be advised the useless animal had the illness after routine testing.

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Underneath management

Scotland’s CVO Sheila Voas has mentioned she believes the illness was not transmitted, and occurred spontaneously within the affected animal.

She mentioned the case is remoted, below management and won’t have an effect on the meals chain.

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