SNP Cabinet Secretary applauded for his help as Scotland’s BSE risk now likely to be graded ‘negligible’ at least three years before England and Wales


The World Organisation for Animal Health will consider the recommendation at its assembly in May. It’s important to note that ‘negligible risk’ is the highest recommendation any country can have. Scotland’s current status is ‘controlled risk’. The last confirmed case in Scotland was in 2002. The last case in Wales was only last year and the last in England was in 2012. England and Wales are not due to have their status reconsidered before 2020 at the earliest.

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers submitted the application for re-grading with the help of the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity. They noted:

‘We applaud the  work done by….Fergus Ewing and his officials in advancing and pursuing ‘negligible risk’ case on the industry’s behalf and look forward to being free to trade under our new status as early as the summer.’

Some readers may remember how BSE started. If not see this from Frederick A. Murphy, DVM, PhD, Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California in

‘In the early 1980s in England the rendering process (by which livestock carcasses are converted to various products, including protein supplements for livestock feed) was changed. Earlier, a solvent extraction step had been used to extract fats (tallow); this step was stopped when the price of the petroleum-based solvents used to extract fats went up. The infectious agent is solvent-sensitive. Otherwise, the infectious agent is extremely hardy — it can survive boiling and many disinfectants, but is readily destroyed by extremely high temperature (such as in an autoclave), or by oxidizing agents, or by solvents.’

My source is American so the use of the word ‘England’ above may mean nothing though the first reported case was in West Sussex.

5 thoughts on “SNP Cabinet Secretary applauded for his help as Scotland’s BSE risk now likely to be graded ‘negligible’ at least three years before England and Wales

  1. johnrobertson834 March 2, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    Wait a minute, if we don’t need a hard border for beef exports why do we need one for other things? Presumably it’s just a matter of rigorous documentation?

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  2. Clydebuilt March 2, 2017 / 10:10 pm


    O/T. (Apollogies)

    BBC 2 Scotland Growing Up In Scotland …A Century Of Growing Up In Scotland
    3 part documentary series exploring childhood in 20th Century Scotland Narrated by a dreamy (Niave) female voice

    Every other BBC 2 Station in The UK ….The Attack: Terror in the UK
    Drama Documentary telling the story of an IS – inspired terrorist group planning an attack.

    Several times a week Scotland gets different programmes from the rest of the U.K.

    Several yrs ago BBC NI had a Weekly show on Bagpipe bands..broadcast on a Sunday afternoon…. The only time I’ve ever seen a programme on BBC Scotland dedicated to bagpipe music is the once a year special for the World Championships held in Glasgow.

    It’s not just on news programmes that The BBC tries to influence the thought process of Scots.

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  3. Contrary March 3, 2017 / 8:16 am

    I do very much remember the BSE outbreak, and the horror that they were using ground up sheep brain for animal feed. It is interesting how it can be the changes, ‘modernisation’, in processes that can create a problem like this. Did you know that when ships changed to modern ones with electricity, there was suddenly confusion about why fruit that was left to ripen in the holds in the past stopped doing so – turned out that it was the paraffin lamps they used to use that gave off gasses similar to ethylene that causes ripening naturally. (Not really the same thing as BSE, but shows how we hardly ever investigate how and why things happen until it goes wrong).

    You have to think, sheep always have had scrapies, and there is a traditional dish of sheep head soup is there not, (yuck), so it was no wonder it was never considered the disease could jump species.

    Fascinating that Scotland hasn’t had a report of BSE in so long! It is one of those things I have wondered about for a while,,, and assumed that if I hadn’t heard anything it must be fine,,, so happy to hear it really is fine, but only if we eat Scottish or European beef (I have fallen by the wayside on not eating beef). So that means,,, any packets with a Union Jack plastered on it should not fill one with confidence! Seriously though, there should be a more thorough ‘country of origin’ definition on our food if there is a difference in the quality (something the EU is meant to equalise so we don’t have to worry about it?). Thank you for keeping us up-to-date John, on things that we will likely never hear on the news.

    You don’t want to know what Ruth is saying on radio Scotland GMS right this minute. Blah blah blah, lies lies lies, nonsense nonsense nonsense.

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  4. Contrary March 3, 2017 / 8:18 am

    Aha! Ruth just said “I don’t recognise your language Gary… “, therein lies the problem!

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