France's food safety agency AFSSA recommended yesterday that the meat from fighting bulls be banned from the country's dinner plates. The move is the latest in a string of beef-related bans in a bid to prevent putting consumers at risk of vCJD, the human equivalent of BSE.

Bullfights have occurred in the southwest and southern areas of France for over a century, but unlike the Spanish style "corrida" the majority of French bulls are not killed at the end. The meat from those that are killed however is usually boiled, and the stew is considered a national delicacy. 

AFSSA revealed that its recommendation was made at the request of the farm ministry's food branch, and said that the way the bulls are killed increases the risk that potentially BSE infected material from the nervous system could contaminate the flesh. Fighting bulls are stabbed in the back of the neck.

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