Criminal investigation into suspected cattle botulism

UK - A criminal investigation has been launched into a case of suspected botulism in cattle on the east Devon and Somerset border, it has emerged.
calendar icon 22 September 2006
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Devon County Council trading standards service said there was a possible association with the use of animal by-products.

"The case is, at this stage, a criminal investigation under the animal by-products legislation, so we are unable to give further details for risk of prejudicing the inquiry," said a council spokesman.

"There are strict controls covering the disposal of animal by-products and our role is to investigate the circumstances concerning any alleged non-compliance.

"We work with other agencies such as Defra and the State Veterinary Service and all have discrete roles to play in the management and control of animal diseases," added the spokesman.


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