IRELAND: Ireland asking for BSE grading system to be overhauled
Ireland is reported to be asking France for support to ramp up the Irish beef industry following concern over rising levels of BSE. Ireland is currently listed as a low-risk area by the OIE (international veterinary organisation), but is worried it may lose this status as testing increases. Tests are now carried out on sick and dead animals not destined for the human food chain, and all animals over 30 months old are tested.
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