Bet nobody had the return of BSE on their 2021 bingo card. I think most people saw "pingdemic" and "brexit" and "hoarders" coming but the return of BSE is a curveball.
They're saying it's no threat to food safety but didn't they say that last time?
An investigation has begun to find origin of the case of mad cow disease that was identified on a farm in Somerset on Friday.
Officials said the dead animal had been removed from the unnamed farm in southwest England, adding there was 'no risk to food safety'.
The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) said they will launch a 'thorough investigation of the herd, the premises, potential sources of infection and will produce a full report on the incident in due course'.
Millions of cattle were culled in the UK in the 1990s during a BSE epidemic which was infecting more than 30,000 cows a year at its peak.
Strict controls were introduced to protect consumers after it was linked to a fatal condition in humans called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD.
It was first discovered in 1984 in Sussex and in the ensuing outbreak British beef exports were banned, cows were culled and people died because of a brain illness caused by BSE.