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Mad Cow Crisis Spreads in Europe

on 2001/1/28 8:47:02 ( 1639 reads )


BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, January 26, 2001: European Union farm ministers will meet next week amid calls for tougher measures to combat the mad cow disease crisis affecting the continent. As consumers lose their confidence in beef, governments will debate whether they should extend compulsory testing of cattle for the brain-wasting disorder to younger animals and ban potentially dangerous meat cuts such as T-bone steak. EU executives will report on how member states have coped with the compulsory testing of older cattle for mad cow disease if destined for the food chain and the disposal of meat-based animal feed, banned for six months, but there will be no specific proposals. Germany has detected 20 cases of the disease since November.

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