All countries around the world should be worried about BSE and should adopt a precautionary approach, the United Nations said in a statement last week. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) urged all countries to be concerned about the risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and its human form, the new variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease (nvCJD). "Confirmed and suspected cases of nvCJD are occurring in people outside the UK… more research needs to be conducted," the FAO said. "There is currently no method of diagnosis at early stages of infection and no cure for the disease", the agency added. The FAO supports the action taken by the European Union. For other countries the agency recommended they apply the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point system (HACCP), which aims at identifying potential problems and taking corrective measures throughout the food chain. The agency added that outside the EU, legislation to control the food industry and its effective implementation was required. The FAO, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Organisation Internationale des Epizooties (OIE) is to hold an expert consultation in the near future to draw up advice for countries, particularly developing countries, to protect their people from nvCJD and their livestock from BSE.