French blame Britain, again, for mad cow

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Related tags: Mad cow disease, Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Britain

For the second time in as many months, French lawmakers are about
to blame Britain for the spread of mad cow disease, saying French
red tape made it worse,...

For the second time in as many months, French lawmakers are about to blame Britain for the spread of mad cow disease, saying French red tape made it worse, Reuters reports. A National Assembly inquiry report scheduled to be released on Wednesday will accuse Britain of exporting meat-based animal feed ingredients to the European Union even though it had banned them on its own territory in 1988, the report's authors said. "Britain is mainly to blame because it did not play the game. It continued to flood the European market with meat-based meals, knowing that they were dangerous,"​a deputy who helped draft the report said, asking to remain anonymous. Mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), is widely believed to have spread first in Britain and then to continental Europe by feeding meat and bone meal made from infected ruminants to other ruminants. The report comes one month after French senators released a similar publication blaming London, Brussels and Paris for the spread of the fatal, brain-wasting cattle illness.The latest report was due also to denounce malfunctions and mistakes at the highest levels of French bureaucracy, as well as negligence by French customs. Source: Reuters

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