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Case of BSE identified in dead cow in Wales

It did not enter the food chain.

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A CASE OF BSE has been been indentified in a dead cow on a farm in Wales.

The BBC is reporting that the Welsh government has confirmed it did not enter the human food chain and there was no risk to human health.

Previous cases of BSE, also known as ‘mad cow disease’, were identified in the UK in 2014 and 2013.

Rebecca Evans, Britain’s Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, said: “Identification of this case demonstrates that the controls we have in place are working well.”

The Irish Department of Agriculture said it would not be commenting on the case.

Earlier this year, an isolated case of BSE was confirmed on a dairy farm in Louth.

As part of normal protocols, all animals who were potentially exposed to the BSE agent in the five-year-old cow were slaughtered and tested at the time.

Explainer: What is BSE – and should we be concerned about this case?

Read: Classical BSE found in Louth dairy farm cow was ‘an isolated case’

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