Archive Article: 2002/02/01

1 February 2002

uA GERMAN request to scale back its BSE culling programme has been rejected by top Brussels scientists. Germany had wanted a case-by-case approach, allowing it to just cull cattle related by birth to any BSE victims. But the scientists said all animals of similar age in a herd must be destroyed to minimise the human health risk.

uFRENCH farm minister, Jean Glavany, is expected to step down from his post by the end of next month to take on the role of campaign manager for current prime minister, Lionel Jospin, who is intending to run for president in next Mays election. Mr Glavany is tipped to be replaced by Francois Patriat, a former vet.

uDUBLIN has announced an extension to the 30-day standstill rule for mart-to-mart animal movements until the end of February, much to the chagrin of Irish farmers and traders. The rule is intended to minimise the risk of spreading foot-and-mouth disease. Animals bought privately, however, may now go to a mart within 30 days of purchase.

uBELGIUM has reported its fifth case of BSE this year in a five-year-old beef animal near Liege. The case was picked up under routine testing of over 24-month old animals and takes the total number in Belgium to 70. Meanwhile, France this week confirmed it 19th case of the year, while Ireland has now reached 33. Last year these two countries recorded 274 and 242 BSE casualties, respectively. &#42

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