- RENNES, France (Reuters) - France on Monday reported a new case of mad
cow disease, the country's 31st of the bovine brain-wasting illness in
the country since 1990.
- The disease-stricken cow, found in a
herd in the Brittany town of Plonevez du Faou, was born in 1992, after
a 1990 ban was imposed on cattle feed containing ground-up animal parts,
an Agriculture Ministry official said.
- The 306 cows in the herd were slaughtered
on Sunday and their carcasses would be incinerated, the official said.
Most of the cases of mad cow disease in France have been found in the west
of the country. The 30th case was declared on Saturday in the Sarthe department.
- The European Union imposed a worldwide
ban on British beef imports in March 1996 after the government there acknowledged
the possibility that bovine spongiform encephalopathy, the scientific name
for mad cow disease, could be transmitted to humans, in the form of a new
variant of the deadly Creutzfeldt Jacob disease.