A cow slaughtered in Mochnaczka Wyzna in southern Poland, on 1 May, is now known to have been infected with BSE.

The case, the first discovered in Poland, is to be fully investigated as police and veterinary officials seek to establish where the cow was born and how it was infected. In Poland it is not common practice to trace livestock from birth.

Poland’s chief veterinarian Piotr Kolodziej told local press that the testing process which highlighted the case should give some reassurance to consumers: “Procedures were handled perfectly: from the routine testing in the slaughterhouse through the eradication. These procedures are the same with us as throughout the EU.”

An official from the company owning the cow in question commented: “I can assure you than not a single piece of the mad cow made its way onto the market.”