Scottish sheep finally given all clear over Chernobyl

The last remaining Scottish sheep farms affected by the Chernobyl disaster have been given the all clear by food standards bosses.

After nearly a quarter of a century following the nuclear reactor explosion, radiation levels in Scottish sheep have finally fallen below the safety limits. As a result, the Food Standards Agency has lifted all restrictions on the movement, sale and supply of sheep.

Following the disaster in 1986, around 73 areas in Scotland were affected, but by 2009, just 3,000 sheep at five farms across Stirling and Ayrshire were still under restriction.

While Scotland has been given the all-clear, farms in England and Wales still remain under restriction, with 180,000 animals affected in North Wales, across 330 holdings, and eight farms in Cumbria.

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