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Has BSE Freedom Finally Gone as a Market Driver?

2016 was the first year in nearly 40 years when no case of BSE (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy) (mad cow disease) was detected in the UK cattle population, where it was first detected.

The United Kingdom will need a number of years of BSE freedom to move from a 'controlled' status to 'negligible' risk status under OIE standards but will then join Scotland and Northern Ireland as negligible risk countries with the increased market access that comes with that.

Given that at one point BSE was the principle issue that divided the global market for beef with the two cases in the United States costing their industry an estimated US$11 billion, this is a major plus for science in finding the cause of BSE and for the beef industry relative to their competing position with other proteins, in negating and then ultimately removing BSE as an issue in the global protein market.  

 (Monday 19 June 2017)







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