26 April 1996

Recent BSE due to slack practices?

FAILURE to follow government guidelines on the ruminant feed ban is responsible for recent BSE cases, according to Prof Sir Richard Southwood.

Prof Southwood, who chaired the 1989 report which recommended an indefinite extension of the ruminant feed ban, said that most current cases of BSE in animals born after the ban represented a terrible reflection on the state of the industry.

He blamed farmers for continuing to use old, contaminated meal long after the ban had been implemented, and claimed renderers had not been as careful as they should have been in separating ruminant feed for different animal species.

"Cattle born after the ban represent the biggest reservoir of BSE," he added. &#42