First Mad Cow Case Confirmed in Sweden

The European Commission, and the the Swedish Board of Agriculture, confirmed Friday that the first case of BSE, or mad cow disease, has been detected in Sweden.

The infected animal, a 12-year-old cow from Västmanland, had been culled because of problems with milking fever.

Until now only cows that died or were culled on account of a disease have been tested for BSE in Sweden because the country was the only EU country to enjoy a special low-risk BSE status.

In a statement Minister of Agriculture Ann-Christin Nykvist said that the answer to the test results was dismal but that it in no way meant there was an increased risk of infection by eating Swedish beef.

The European Commission has said that ”as a result of this BSE case, the (European) Commission will now reconsider the grounds for the special derogation for Sweden from the requirement to test all bovine animals intended for human consumption.”