Thursday, 1 October 2015

BSE returns

BSE has been identified in a dead cow, BBC Wales reports. The statement that there is no danger to human health because no part of this animal has entered the food chain is not sufficient reassurance. The measures taken by the government at the end of last century should have ensured that no cattle in England and Wales have been exposed to feed liable to trigger BSE. Unless the disease arose spontaneously in the Welsh beast, the implication is that illegal feed is once again being supplied and that other animals could be affected.

There needs to be an immediate investigation by the Office of the Chief Veterinary Office for Wales and I trust that AMs will press for this to be carried out.

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