France Finds New Mad Cow
Case, Herd Slaughtered
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.

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