03 December 1998
Europe’s anti-BSE rules set to rile USA — again

EUROPEAN UNION measures to combat bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) look likely to ignite trade friction with the USA over drugs and cosmetics.

Some 10 EU members have voted against proposals for fighting BSE.

The move means that an earlier proposal to force countries to remove specified risk material from cattle remains on the agenda.

The earlier proposal includes a clause that could halt imports of cosmetics and drugs containing cattle parts from 1 January.

Member states were against the plans for fighting BSE because it would force them to adopt different strategies against the disease depending on its incidence in their countries.

The US has previously complained bitterly about the threat to its exports from the ban on specified risk material.