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Restrictions placed on hundreds of UK sheep farms as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 are to be lifted after the Food Standards Agency (FSA) found that the risk to eating lamb or mutton is now “very low”. The controls were originally placed on 9,800 upland farms holding more than 4 million sheep in Wales, northern Scotland, and northern Ireland after rain dumped contaminated water from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster some 1,600 miles away. Only 334 farms however, of which just 8 are outside Wales, have been recommended to have these restrictions lifted. The restrictions dictate that farmers had to call in officials to check their highland sheep for radioactive poisoning by the element caesium. In return, the farmers receive £1.30 per sheep. If the animal passes the test, it is allowed to be slaughtered, but if it fails then it is marked with dye and not allowed to be killed until retested 3 months down the line. These sheep can only be decontaminated naturally by being moved down from upland pastures, where caesium remains in soil and grass.
www.bbc.co.uk 22nd September 2010
The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a warning following 83 diagnosed cases of salmonella bareilly in England and Scotland in recent weeks. Although the source of the outbreak is still unknown, the carrier is believed to be British beansprouts. A salad producer discovered the bacteria in a routine test of its products. Salmonella bacteria are naturally found in the gastrointestinal tracts of wild and domestic animals and birds and the bareilly strain can lead to gastro-enteritis in humans. The Health Protection Agency is currently investigating whether the 15 cases in Scotland are related to the 68 cases in Northwest England. As this may take some time FSA has recommended that anyone planning to eat bean sprouts should ‘cook them until steaming hot’ before consumption.