Wednesday, January 04, 2006

T-Bones for Euroland

For the last four years it's been impossible to buy a T-Bone steak anywhere in the Eurozone. As a precaution against prion transmission from BSE-infected cows to humans there has been a ban on all cuts of beef that contain pieces of backbones from animals more than 12 months old. But today that's all changed.
EU veterinary experts agreed in Brussels last October to raise that limit to 24 months, following advice from the European Food Safety Authority.

A continuing fall in the number of positive BSE cases as well as an increase in the average age of infected animals and new scientific data led to the conclusion that it would be safe to ease measures in relation to the removal of certain specified risk material in animals.

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