Scientists investigating a cluster of BSE suspect that contaminated feed is still been given to British cattle.
The cluster affects three young cows born after the 1996 ban on animal feed containing mammalian protein. This is the second cluster of BSE in young cows since the ban was implemented, which scientists said strongly suggested that contaminated feed had caused the outbreaks.
After the ban was implemented, scientists hoped that the disease would be eradicated within 10 years, but the new cases could mean that this will not be achieved for another decade, reported The Independent.
Chairman of the government’s Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee Christopher Higgins said that farmers might be unwittingly infecting their cattle by using old containers that still contain traces of feed pre-dating 1996.