First Dutch BSE since 2008
The Netherlands has reported its first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in two years. A 10-year-old cow tested positive for the disease at a slaughterhouse; according to the ministry of agriculture, no meat from the animal has entered the food chain. All Dutch cattle older than 30 months are routinely tested for BSE at slaughter. Last year around 405,000 animals were tested, but no cases of BSE were detected. However, according to the Central Veterinary Institute in Lelystad, isolated cases are likely to be found occasionally.