07 September 1998
Sheep could have BSE, claims SEAC member
THERE is a serious danger that sheep have been infected with BSE, Professor Jeff Almond alleged on BBC radio this morning.
Prof Almond – chairman of the sheep sub-committee of the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee (SEAC) – called for further research as a matter of urgency.
BSE in sheep would be “a national emergency”, said Prof Almond. Only nine of the countrys 42 million sheep have been tested for the disease.
NFU President Ben Gill described the news as “an old story resurrected by an article in Nature magazine” and added that he believed spreading scare stories was not the best way to support the consumer.