The Meat Hygiene Service - on behalf of the Food Standards Agency - is investigating a failure of the BSE controls. The failure, at an abattoir in Devon, was detected during a routine audit by the State Veterinary Service on Monday (18th December). It involved a single sheep. Pieces of spinal cord were found in the carcase after it had been health-marked as fit for human consumption. The Official Veterinary Surgeon involved has been stood down pending the results of further investigation.