A case of mad cow illness has been found on a farm within the Netherlands, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf has reported.
The nation’s minister for agriculture Piet Adema has advised the Dutch parliament that the case of mad cow illness – or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) – was found in a lifeless cow this week.
It’s understood that the placement of the farm was not specified, though De Telegraaf stories that it’s positioned within the province of South Holland.
The Dutch agriculture minister is known to have advised members of the Home of Representatives that the lifeless animal didn’t enter the human meals chain, and that this case was not a risk to meals security.
It is usually reported that this case of an infection is being studied by specialists to find out whether or not it’s an atypical sort or classical sort of the illness.
The EU has a big physique of laws in place to guard people and animals from BSE.
These fundamental measures embody:
- A ban on utilizing animal protein in feed given to animals farmed for meals manufacturing;
- A monitoring system, together with autopsy testing of at-risk animals over sure ages;
- Obligatory removing and destruction of tissues containing the best threat of BSE infectivity, equivalent to mind and spinal twine tissue from bovine animals over a sure age;
- Destruction of the carcass after a constructive case.
The commonest symptom of classical BSE in cattle embody behavioural adjustments, lack of coordination, issue in strolling or standing up, decreased milk manufacturing, and weight reduction.
Nonetheless, there have additionally been circumstances during which the illness was detected in animals with no signs, in keeping with the European Meals Security Authority (EFSA).
Classical BSE, the premise of the in depth incidence of BSE which commenced within the Nineteen Eighties, is related to the feeding of meat-and-bone meal, the place scientific proof signifies that BSE is acquired within the first 12 months of life.
Atypical BSE has been recognized extra just lately and which is assumed to happen spontaneously and sporadically in older animals,with a low incidence charge.