There are strict controls in place in the UK to protect people from BSE. The Food Standards Agency monitors these controls and publicises any breaches, as well as the actions taken to prevent further failures.
Although no sheep in the UK flock have been found to have BSE, there are a number of precautionary safety measures in place since it has been shown under laboratory conditions that sheep can be infected with BSE. The FSA continues to review and support research into TSEs in animal species used for food.
The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) TSE risk assessment subgroup provides independent expert advice on TSEs to the FSA and other departments.