Getting rid of bovine tuberculosis?

Science on the Land

A farmer in my family told me, ‘People want clean meat.’

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectious disease of cattle (Bos primigenius) caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. Our UK Government wants rid of bTB, because then the European Union (EU) would call us Officially Tuberculosis Free (OTF) and that would be good for business.

Here in Britain, bTB is a notifiable disease because it can infect people. Fuelled by that possibility, our Department for Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) aims to eradicate bTB in England within the next 25 years. Here’s the policy. Here’s TB Free England which, as its name suggests, is firmly in favour of the eradication policy.

But some people disagree. They think eradication is a daft idea. That we should learn to live with bTB which is no longer a real threat to the consumer (if it ever was) since…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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