British officials are advising the public to avoid mutton, goat and some sausages due to an animal brain disease affecting sheep that may pose a risk to humans. The Times of London reports the disease is similar to classic scrapie, a brain-wasting disease known in sheep for more than 100 years but which until now hasn't raised concerns for humans.
The nation's Food Standard Agency (FSA) says it can't rule out the risk of the atypical strain to human health, so it's updating guidance to shoppers. It also plans to ask the European Commission for the immediate introduction of new labeling rules to identify products containing mutton.
-- Joe Roybal