- LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - The
Slovenian Agriculture Ministry said on Tuesday a Swiss laboratory had
Slovenia's first case of mad cow disease.
- The case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was
first detected two weeks ago in a five-year-old cow bred at a small farm
in the Gornji Grad municipality in north-eastern Slovenia.
- The ministry said the outbreak was isolated and there
was no danger of the disease spreading, adding that the country had spent
over 5.5 billion tolars ($22 million) on BSE testing.
- ``All necessary measures have been in force since the
first suspicion of BSE was raised,'' agriculture ministry spokesman Jakob
Stunf told Reuters.
- When suspicions were first raised, Bosnia and
Croatia immediately banned imports of meat and livestock from Slovenia,
an Alpine nation of two million people that also borders on Austria, Italy
- In line with European Union regulations, Slovenia--which
hopes to join the EU in 2004--has introduced tests on all animals older
than 30 months and has banned the use of meat and bone meal in animal
- BSE has spread in herds in Britain, France and other
west European countries, Japan and in the Czech and Slovak
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