Estonia will ban imports of goat, lamb and by-products as well as cattle embryos from countries that have had cases of mad cow disease in the past five years, the agriculture ministry said.

In a statement, it said it is also banning livestock imports or products that contain skull, brain, eyes, tonsils, spinal matter, spleen or intestines with immediate effect.

Recent tests in Estonia discovered no cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

"All animals slaughtered or who died with signs of nervous disorders have been checked for BSE...Separately, all 503 animals imported from 1989 to 2000 from countries where later BSE was diagnosed were checked and registered," the ministry said.
 
Earlier this month, Estonia outlawed the use of animal protein in cattle feed and has banned beef imports from Belgium, Denmark, France, Britain, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland, Germany and Spain in recent months.