Investigations are now underway in Scotland after a case of classical Mad Cow Disease (BSE) was confirmed on a farm in Scotland.
The disease was identified on a on a farm in the Aberdeenshire, The Scottish Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, has confirmed. As a result, investigations are now underway to try and determine the origins of the disease, while precautionary movement restrictions have also been implemented on the farm, which is standard procedure.
"Following confirmation of a case of classical BSE 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," Fergus Ewing, Rural Economy Secretary said in a statement.
“The Animal Health Agency (APHA) is investigating the source of the outbreak. The case was identified as a result of strict control measures we have in place. It did not enter the human food chain and Food Standards Scotland have confirmed there is no risk to human health as a result of this isolated case.” The statement continued.
Mr Ewing noted that this detection is a sign that the surveillance system in place is working.
‘While it is important to stress that this is 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.” He said.
“Be assured that the Scottish Government and its partners stand ready to respond to any further confirmed cases of the disease in Scotland.” He concluded.