Mad cow disease, also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, was found on a Scottish farm.

The disease was confirmed on a farm in Aberdeenshire in eastern Scotland, according to a government statement. The case did not enter the food chain and there's no risk to human health. Precautionary movement restrictions have been put in place at the farm and further steps are being taken to identify the origin of the disease.

"Its detection is proof that our surveillance system is doing its job," said Chief Veterinary Officer Sheila Voas. "I would urge any farmer who has concerns to immediately seek veterinary advice."

The confirmation of BSE in Scotland raises the risk that other countries will limit beef imports. China recently agreed to lift its ban on U.K. beef imports after the sales had been stopped for more than two decades in the wake of mad cow disease.

Eating meat from animals infected with BSE has been tied to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, an incurable human illness that destroys brain tissue. More than 185,000 BSE cases in cattle were confirmed in the European Union during an epidemic in the 1980s and 1990s.


This article was written by Lynn Thomasson and Rudy Ruitenberg, reporters for The Washington Post.