Contingency Planning a Key Point from Report; BSE: 'You Have to Look at the Absolute Worst Case Scenario, and It Is Fair to Say That the Idea of Slaughtering the Whole UK Flock Is at the Very Extreme End of That'

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Contingency Planning a Key Point from Report; BSE: 'You Have to Look at the Absolute Worst Case Scenario, and It Is Fair to Say That the Idea of Slaughtering the Whole UK Flock Is at the Very Extreme End of That'


Byline: SHEILA COLEMAN

FARMERS have been at pains to stress no BSE cases have been found in sheep following the news that up to 40 million sheep could be killed if in a "worst case scenario" BSE was discovered in the UK flock.

The news was disclosed in a new contingency plan which government ministers would act upon if research shows the disease is present in sheep.

The decision to publish an action plan follows recommendations made in the report of the BSE inquiry published last October.

The inquiry said contingency planning was a "vital part" of government.

The plan warns that in sheep, BSE appears to behave like scrapie and therefore there is a theoretical possibility it can be passed between animals in the same way as scrapie.

A surveillance programme is under way aimed at looking for BSE in the national flock, made up of about 20 million adult animals and 20 million lambs.

But it has not so far been possible to sample large numbers of sheep, it also blames under-reporting of scrapie, the unsuitability of certain samples and lack of concrete testing methods to distinguish between different strains of the two diseases.

Agriculture Minister Elliot Morley said, "Sheep have been given BSE by feeding them infected BSE brain tissue. So if it can be done in laboratory conditions, therefore we have to take the precautionary principle and look for the possibility that it is in the national flock.

"We are actively looking for BSE in the national flock. We are examining scrapie brains for signs of BSE and we have not identified BSE in any of the works that we have done. So there is no change in the present situation."

Mr Morley said the inquiry had urged government to show trust in the public, with openness, public access to information and evidence.

He added, "That is exactly what we are doing."

In a later interview he said, "You have to look at the absolute worst case scenario, and it is fair to say that the idea of slaughtering the whole UK flock is at the very extreme end of that.

"Particularly as we have an advantage with sheep that we don't have with cattle, because we can do blood testing to identify sheep which are scrapie resistant, and if they are scrapie resistant it also means that they won't get BSE.

"We are not going to go rushing out and killing 40 million sheep, let's stress that point now."

The report has been welcomed by Assembly Rural Affairs Minister Carwyn Jones and Health Minister Jane Hutt.

Mr Jones said, "I welcome the publication of the draft contingency plan. It is a good example of putting the BSE Inquiry Report into action by consulting on different scenarios. I am keen that Welsh views are taken into account."

The Welsh farming unions, while supporting further research stressed the safeguards already in place. …

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