So why aren't we arguing that it is a nonsense to exclude milk from these cows when pasteurisation was invented to make milk safe for human consumption regardless?
The whole point of pasteurisation is that it kills micro-organisms such as bovine tuberculosis meaning we wouldn't need to test dairy cattle for bTB in the first place if it wasn't for a set of inflexible, outdated export regulations.
It seems to me we've been so busy jumping through the hoops that we've lost all focus. We should lay the problem at the feet of those who make the rules and demand that changes are made.
TB in cattle cannot be eradicated and it doesn't need to be because there are safeguards in the form of pasteurisation and the disease poses no more risk otherwise than, say, e-coli or any of the other infectious diseases which we may deal with in our cattle day to day ( unless of course we're saying that we should be testing for all these other diseases as well....? )
The EU/export regulations need to be modified and cattle remaining within our shores exempted from restrictions so as to reflect the reality of the situation and put a stop to all this rigmarole.