France pushes non-EU beef testing

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Related tags: Mad cow disease, Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, European union

France wants the European Union to test beef from outside the
15-member bloc for mad cow disease, just as it does with its own
meat, a farm ministry spokeswoman...

France wants the European Union to test beef from outside the 15-member bloc for mad cow disease, just as it does with its own meat, a farm ministry spokeswoman said on Monday. She said French Farm Minister Jean Glavany would ask his EU counterparts on Tuesday at a meeting in Luxembourg to approve a measure ordering that beef imported from non-EU countries be tested for the disease.Other ministry officials were not immediately available to give further details. The EU has ordered that beef from domestic cattle more than 30 months old cannot enter the food chain unless it has tested negative for mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Existing tests require laboratory analysis of brain tissue after an animal has been slaughtered.More than 100 people in Britain, France, Ireland and Hong Kong have died or are believed to be dying from the human form of mad cow disease, new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), thought to be caused by eating contaminated meat products. Source: Reuters

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