- KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine
has banned imports of Danish beef after an outbreak in Denmark of mad cow
disease, or BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy), an official said on
- "We have banned all beef imports from Denmark due
to BSE. Our order came into force on March 6," Mykola Bilous, Ukraine's
senior veterinary inspector, told Reuters.
- "Besides Denmark, beef imports have also been banned
from Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland."
- The Danish government reported last month that health
authorities had found one milk cow afflicted with BSE.
- The BSE case, at a farm in the north of the Jutland peninsula
in western Denmark, was the first since 1992 in Denmark, which prides itself
on strict food hygiene and veterinary standards. A few years ago Ukraine
banned British beef imports on fears that BSE could be linked to brain
disease in humans. Bilous said he did not expect the bans to be scrapped
- Ukraine, whose agriculture was once highly developed
but now faces difficulties, does not import significant volumes of beef.
Imports of meat and livestock comprised just 0.9 percent of Ukraine's total
imports in 1999.
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