Isolated case of Mad Cow Disease caught Early in Scotland

Routine testing by scottish enviroment workers revealed a case of mad cow disease also known as BSE at a farm in scotland. The farm has been isolated – the animal in question disposed of. Authorities are now tracing the source of the disease. 

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 immediately seek veterinary advice.”

Ian McWatt, director of operations at Food Standards Scotland, said inspectors were carrying out checks in every abattoir in Scotland to ensure the safety of consumers.