Scotland’s BSE safe level is great success for animal health

27 July 2017

Scotland has achieved the lowest risk level status available for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE).

Responding to the Scottish Government’s announcement, British Veterinary Association (BVA) Scottish Branch President Melissa Donald said: “Scotland is once again leading the way on animal health, and the OIE’s recognition of Scotland’s BSE Negligible Risk level is a great success.

"We echo the Cabinet Secretary in saying, this status is a just reward for the ongoing efforts of the veterinary profession, farmers, government and industry in the application of BSE controls over the years. 

“BVA supported BSE Negligible Risk status in our response to the Scottish Government consultation, yet we also emphasised the need for the robust following of import tracings and the continued need for surveillance of suspicious cases. While there will be continued need for controls and surveillance, this is excellent news for the Scottish agri-food industry and rural economy as new markets are sought for our produce.”

BVA Media Office