5 April 2000
EU vets vote for compulsory BSE test

By FWi staff

BRUSSELS has confirmed it will start EU-wide testing for BSE from next January.

Tests will focus on cattle which die on farms, are slaughtered as emergencies or display unusual behaviour or neurological signs.

EU vets meeting on Tuesday (04 April) voted in favour of the measure, which will see post-mortem tests carried out on an estimated 65,000 animals a year – about 16% of the “at-risk” population.

“This will provide us with more information about the efficiency of our surveillance systems in member states and enable us to provide maximum protection for European citizens, said consumer affairs commissioner David Byrne.

Last Wednesday (29 March) European commissioners passed the proposal calling for the test.