FSA - risk to consumers from livestock virus unlikely 28 Feb 2012
The Food Standards Agency is reporting that based on current evidence the risk to consumers from the Schmallenberg virus through the food chain is unlikely. The virus which is causing abnormalities in livestock is named after the small German town where it was first detected last summer and is thought to have been brought to Britain by midges from affected areas in Europe. No illness has been reported to date in humans exposed to animals infected with the Schmallenberg virus.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the Health Protection Agency (HPA) have stated the virus is unlikely to cause disease in humans. Defra is actively monitoring the situation and the FSA is in contact with both Defra and the HPA to keep the issue under review.