10th BSE case since ban imposed

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The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) informed the public this week
that it has been notified by the Department of Agriculture and
Rural Development (DARD) of a single case of BSE in a cow in
Northern Ireland aged 31 months.

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) informed the public this week that it has been notified by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) of a single case of BSE in a cow in Northern Ireland aged 31 months.

The animal has been destroyed and no meat, the FSA assures us, has entered the human food chain. Investigations into how the animal became infected, including the possibility of maternal transmission, are continuing.

This is the UK's 10th BSE case born after August 1996 it is the third such case in Northern Ireland. According to the FSA the appearance of cases of BSE in cattle born after August 1996, when the comprehensive ban on feed contaminated with meat and bone meal became fully effective, was in fact predicted by epidemiologists.

The Agency said that as this BSE case was detected and not allowed to enter the food chain there is no food safety risk from this animal.

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