Bovine spongiform encephalopathy  (BSE) should not be dismissed as just a European phenomenon, with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warning that the problem could spread to as many as 100 countries across the globe. "Our research suggests that at least 100 countries are at risk from BSE because of cattle or meat meal imported from Europe during the 1980s," said Jacques Diouf, director-general of the FAO, yesterday (February 8th)