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“Mad cow disease” case confirmed on Scottish farm

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A case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as “mad cow disease”, has been confirmed on a farm in Aberdeenshire. The case was discovered before entering the human food chain, and Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon has said that all necessary measures have been taken to protect consumers.

BSE can cause fatal disease in people who eat infected beef. The BSE outbreak during the 1990s in the UK was attributed to cattle being fed the remains of other cattle.

Read the full story here and here. See also the Foodsource resource What is the connection between infectious diseases in humans and livestock?

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