BSE confirmed at Aberdeenshire farm

A case of BSE – so-called mad cow disease – has been confirmed at a farm in Aberdeenshire.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said a movement ban was now in place on the unnamed farm.

Investigations are under way to identify the origin of the disease – the first of its kind in Scotland in 10 years – which was found after an animal died.

The “isolated” case was identified before entering the human food chain.

There are understood to have been 16 cases in the UK since 2011, with the last in 2015.

full story – BBC

Over 34,500 pigs culled in China in the past week due to ASF outbreaks

Over 34,500 pigs have been killed and disposed of in China in the past week due to seven individual outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF).

Statistics available from the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) show that the outbreaks were detected between Friday, October 12, and Sunday, October 14.

The outbreaks were discovered in both backyard farms and larger commercial farms in the Liaoning province of the country which borders North Korea.

full story – agriland

China urges more oversight of large pig farms amid disease epidemic

China’s vice agriculture minister said on Wednesday that local governments should step up their oversight of large-scale pig farms and breeding farms as another province reported a fresh outbreak of the highly contagious African swine fever.

China has reported almost 40 separate outbreaks of the deadly disease in 10 provinces and municipalities since the first case in early August, leading to the slaughter of almost 50,000 animals.

full story – Reuters

UK releases draft review for meat processing industry

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) have released a series of recommendations for the meat processing industry following a six-month review.

The review was originally announced in February and comes in response to a number of high profile non-compliance issues identified at meat cutting plants.

By issuing recommendations, FSA and FSS aim to improve compliance and assurance in the meat processing industry.

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