Australia to form BSE battle plan

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Related tags: Mad cow disease, Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy

In a bid to prevent an outbreak of mad cow disease in Australia a
special committee met in Melbourne on Tuesday. The Australian
National Health and Medical...

In a bid to prevent an outbreak of mad cow disease in Australia a special committee met in Melbourne on Tuesday. The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council expert committee on Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) gathered together to put together a plan of action to stop mad cow disease and its human and sheep variants. The committee is to look at the public health and safety implications of mad cow disease and will provide advice to the government on ways to deal with emerging BSE issues. The move comes at a time when cases of mad cow disease have been found in Italy and Austria, previously believed to be free of the disease and more cases in Germany and France. Australia is recognised by the EuropeanUnion as one of only five beef producing countriesfree of BSE.

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