BSE case officially confirmed in France

BSE case officially confirmed in France

In France, BSE was found in a deceased cow
A case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) - better known as mad cow disease - has occurred in France. A deceased cow in the Ardennes has demonstrably suffered from BSE, reports the French Ministry of Agriculture. On Wednesday, the case was also confirmed by the European Union Reference Laboratory (EU-RL). The Ministry of Agriculture continued to report to the European Commission and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). There is no danger for consumers.

A routine check for BSE was performed on the five-year-old cow from a herd in the Ardennes, which was positive. The EU reference laboratory confirmed the case on Wednesday. It is the third BSE case of this kind in Europe since 2015, reports the French Ministry of Agriculture. This has no consequences for consumers. Only in the processing of certain parts of the beef, which are not intended for consumption anyway, do some technical adjustments are required according to European regulations.

Surveillance systems work
In view of the current BSE case, the French Ministry of Agriculture concludes that it has confirmed the effectiveness of the monitoring system in the entire chain of French food production. The individual case was identified immediately and a risk to consumers could be excluded. On Friday, the members of the National Advisory Board on Animal and Plant Health will discuss the further measures that are now required.

Causes of the disease are unclear
French Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll said that the European Commission and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), together with the national health authority (ANSES), are now required to better understand the cause of these BSE cases in cattle. Although only isolated diseases have occurred in cattle since the BSE crisis in the 1990s and the subsequent measures to contain the animal disease, BSE does not seem to have been finally overcome to this day. The animal epidemic is viewed particularly critically because the consumption of contaminated beef in humans can trigger the deadly Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. (fp)

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