An isolated case of classical BSE has been detected in Wales.

BSE infected cow's brain
A section of brain from a cow infected with BSE.

Earlier today (October 1) the Welsh Government and the APHA confirmed a case of BSE in a single deceased bovine on a farm.

Deputy minister for farming and food, Rebecca Evans, has released the following statement: “The case was identified as a result of the strict control measures we have in place.

“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.

“My officials are working closely with DEFRA and the APHA to investigate the circumstances of this case.”

All animals aged four or older that die on a farm are routinely tested for the disease. BSE is not directly transmitted from animal to animal, but cohorts, including offspring, of the infected animal have been traced and isolated and will be destroyed in line with EU requirements.

The minister added: “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 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.”

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