BSE risk status in Scotland is 'negligible'

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SCOTLAND has achieved the lowest risk level status available for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE).

Melissa Donald, president of the British Veterinary Association Scotland branch
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Melissa Donald, president of the British Veterinary Association Scotland branch

Notification of the risk classification upgrade to negligible risk status was confirmed by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in Paris.

The OIE has recognised that the official BSE risk status of Scotland and Northern Ireland is at the safest level, a move expected to help open international market access for beef exports. England and Wales continue to be recognised as having controlled risk BSE status.

Melissa Donald, British Veterinary Association Scottish branch president, said: “This achievement is testament to the years of hard work and joined-up efforts of government, farmers, industry and vets who are pivotal to the success of any disease control programme.

“We must continue to keep up high standards of biosecurity and surveillance to safeguard animal health, which is vital to our economy. This is excellent news for Scotland’s agri-food industry, especially as we look ahead to the trade deals which will need to be forged in the coming year or two."

Fergus Ewing, rural secretary, said: “Scotland has had no cases of BSE since 2009. With Scotland already being recognised as officially TB-free, this decision further vindicates our reputation for supplying beef products of the highest quality, produced to the highest standards in the world, and demonstrates the OIE’s acceptance that our surveillance of and measures against BSE are stringent."

Frank Clark, Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers president, said: “The decision frees our industry to make full commercial use of Scotland’s high-health status."

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 11:23AM
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