Meat wholesalers call for '˜negligible' BSE risk grade

The last confirmed case of BSE in Scotland involved an animal born 14 years ago and yet the meat industry in this country is still complying with regulations imposed at that time.

The SAMW says an upgrade would bring financial benefits. Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
The SAMW says an upgrade would bring financial benefits. Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

This has seen added costs for meat processors as well as still having a stigma attached to having previously had a problem with mad cow disease.

However, this week, the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has asked the cabinet secretary for rural economy and connectivity, Fergus Ewing, for a meeting to examine the case for Scotland to be upgraded to the highest possible BSE status.