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BSE found on Aberdeenshire farm

A case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) has been confirmed on a farm in Aberdeenshire. This is the first case…

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

This is the first case in Scotland in 10 years.

Scottish Government said that precautionary movement restrictions have been put in place at the farm, which is believed to be in the Huntly area, while it was detected as part of routine testing.

Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, said: “Following the confirmation of a case of classical BSE,

It said the disease did not represent a threat to human health. in Aberdeenshire, I have activated the Scottish Government’s response plan to protect our valuable farming industry, including establishing a precautionary movement ban being placed on the farm

“While it is important to stress that this is the standard procedure until we have a clear understanding of the disease’s origin, this is further proof that our surveillance system for detecting this type of disease is working.

“Be assured that the Scottish Government and in ts partners are ready to respond to any further confirmed cases of the disease in Scotland. “

Scotland’s chief veterinary officer, Sheila Voas, said:” While it is too early to tell where the disease came from in this case, its detection is proof that our surveillance system is doing its job. We are working closely with the Animal and Plant Health Agency to answer this question, and in the meantime, I would urge any farmer who has concerns to seek immediate veterinary advice. “

Food Standards Scotland Director of Operations, Ian McWatt, said : “Der er strenge kontroller på stedet for at beskytte forbrugere fra risikoen for BSE, og fjernelse af de dele af kvæg, der mest sandsynligt vil bære BSE-infektivitet.

” Forbrugerne kan blive forsikret om, at disse vigtige beskyttelsesforanstaltninger remain in place and that Food Standards Scotland Official Veterinarians and Meat Hygiene Inspectors working in all abattoirs in Scotland will continue to ensure that, with regard to BSE controls, the safety of consumers remains a priority. We will continue to work closely with the Scottish Government, other agencies and industry at this time. “

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