A temporary ban on feeding meat and bonemeal to any animals, including pigs, poultry and pets, was approved by EU agriculture ministers last night in the latest battle against BSE, the Daily Telegraph reports. Ministers in Brussels voted by 13-2 for the ban, with only Germany and Finland claiming that they had never officially suffered an outbreak of BSE. The ban, which is already in force in Britain, will apply throughout the EU for six months from Jan 1. Ministers were still discussing last night the urgency of imposing a Europe-wide ban on beef from cattle over 30 months old. The EU Commission proposed that such a ban, which has been in force in Britain since 1996, should take effect in all member states from Jan 1. But critics said it should be implemented immediately to halt the collapse of beef sales in Europe. Meat from older cattle is deemed most at risk of harbouring the disease.