BSE case discovered on an English farm

BSE case discovered on an English farm

An animal on a farm on the southwest of England has tested positive for BSE.

Routine surveillance testing picked up the classic BSE case in a dead animal.

Classic BSE has been linked to animal feed of recycled animal by product.

Investigations are continuing to discover the source of the disease and movement restrictions have been placed on the area.

OIE, the global animal health organisation has defined England and Wales as a controlled-risk area for BSE.

BSE controls were brought into UK meat factories during BSE in the late 1990s. Wider EU restrictions from 2000 have resulted in animal brain and associated parts linked to brain through the spinal cord are removed and destroyed.

The other type of BSE is atypical, which is completely sporadic, with no particular explanation for its occurrence. The most recent European case was found in Ireland in May 2020.

Ireland lost its negligible-risk status with the discovery of a classic BSE case in 2015. Atypical cases have no impact and Ireland’s status was restored earlier this year.

Many countries lifted the export ban on beef from the EU and UK and do not impose restrictions on isolated cases.

LSL News.