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Britain to Drop Ban on Older Beef

posted on September 16, 2005

British authorities this week said they would drop a ban on selling meat from cattle more than 30 months of age, a measure which was intended to combat the spread of mad cow disease.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said it would propose legislation that would ban the sale of meat for human consumption only from cattle born before July 31, 1996.

Meat from cattle more than 30 months old will be subject to tests for bovine spongiform encephalopathy starting in November, the agency said. It hopes that the European Union's ban on the export of beef from cattle older than 30 months will be lifted next year.

Meat infected with BSE is suspected as the cause of a number of cases of a new variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, an incurable human ailment that causes holes in brain tissue and has killed 150 people in Britain since 1995.

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