SCIENTISTS HAVE warned that the UK, like France, may have had a case of BSE in a goat.

The Veterinary Laboratories Agency has informed DEFRA that a goat, confirmed as having scrapie in 1990, may in fact have had BSE.

More sensitive testing methods have found the sample had traits similar to samples from goats experimentally infected with BSE.

Further tests will now be carried out over the next one to two years.

DEFRA said the goat originated from Scotland but the original keeper was no longer in business at those premises.