The Welsh Government and the Animal and Plant Health Agency have confirmed a case of classical BSE in a single deceased bovine on a farm in Wales.
“The case was identified as a result of the strict control measures we have in place,” Food and Farming Deputy Minister, Rebecca Evans, said today (Thursday, October 1).
“It did not enter the human food chain and the Food Standards Agency and Public Health Wales have confirmed there is no risk to human health as a result of this isolated case.”
There have been a number of sporadic cases of BSE identified across the UK in recent years. The last case recorded in Wales was in 2013.
Mrs Evans added: “My officials are working closely with DEFRA and the APHA to investigate the circumstances of this case.
“All animals over four years of age that die on a farm are routinely tested for the disease under our comprehensive surveillance system.
“While the disease is not directly transmitted from animal to animal, its cohorts, including offspring, have been traced and isolated, and will be destroyed in line with EU requirements.
“In addition to the measures we have in place for fallen stock and animal feed, there is a strict control regime to protect consumers. This includes the removal of ‘specified risk material’ such as the spinal column, brain and skull from carcases.
“Identification of this case demonstrates that the controls we have in place are working well. Beef across the UK continues to be produced in compliance with the World Organisation for Animal Health rules.”