A UK farmer accidentally
fed his Surrey beef cattle pet food, containing meat and bone meal (MBM).
This 'accident' was noticed by government vets who visited the farm last year
to check on cattle registrations. The farmer believed there was nothing wrong with
feeding pet food to his animals.
The vets noticed some strange looking feed in the
troughs that turned out to be pet food, intended for rabbits, acquired from a
local supplier. Subsequent testing revealed that the food contained
meat-and-bone meal, thought to be responsible for the spread of BSE and first
banned in UK cattle rations in 1988.
It is believed that no meat from
the cattle has entered the human food chain, as the farm has been under movement
restrictions since the investigations began. The herd will be slaughtered as a
public safety precaution.
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