I suppose you win some you lose some so to speak. That CJD was banded about bigtime for a while wasnt it, with Prof Richard somebody or other advising the Govt that within 20 years god knows how many people would be suffering from it. That seemed to just fade away , didnt it .
BSE didn't show in cattle until they were at least 30 months old so most cattle were slaughtered before that age between 1996 and 2005. Older cattle had to have compulsory BSE testing and were not allowed to be sold as food between 1996 and 2005.
It became illegal to sell certain parts of the cow as food as they were the parts that were most likely to contain BSE.
It is illegal for a cow born before 1996 to be sent to a slaughterhouse.
The use of animal protein as cattle food was banned as this was helping spread the disease.
I believe to this day most food stock cattle are slaughtered by the 30 month point this hides BSE on a lot of the cases as they are not tested.
Other countries are still having outbreaks of BSE, so far this year there have been 2 cases in the UK.
The problem is still there but the measures are containing it being passed on to humans as vCJD, the last two years had no worldwide deaths from vCJD. Total worldwide deaths are 177 from vCJD since 1990.