They didn't actually 'give the world BSE', it was around a long time before that outbreak.
Thats the biggest mis-description of the BSE criss I've ever heard. I could call it a lie, but maybe you have no idea how utterly wrong that is.
The UK beef industry converted sheep scrapie (known for 200years) into BSE by feeding infected sheeps brains to cattle. Cutting the temperature during rendering probably triggered the outbreak. BSE definitely started in the UK
They and the UK government denied it was a problem for years.
Selwyn Gummer infamously fed his own daughter a beef burger in front of the camera's in a vain attempt to prove that British Beef was safe
Eventual British Beef was banned world wide, (it lasted 10 years in the EU), when they could no longer cover it up. UK beef is still banned in many countries such as the USA and Russia..
To this day the UK public has a very low opinion of the safety of UK food, selling horsemeat as UK beef will re-enforce that distrust.
BTW, horsemeat has also been found in Spanish burgers, its probably all over Europe but other countries will not check for it..they arn't stupid.
Mad cow - crazy cat
The first hint that humans could be affected came in 1990, when a Siamese cat called Max fell ill with the feline version of BSE. That same year, scientists showed that the disease could be orally transmitted to mice.