EU/IRELAND: No member state can claim to be BSE-free, says Byrne
The marketing plans appear to be a protectionist measure for the country's beef export sales, which gross around £1.1bn every year, but Byrne maintained: "There is no such thing as risk free." Byrne, appointed to the EU post by the Dublin government after serving as Irish Attorney General, explained to a radio audience: "Ireland certainly has been cooperative with the Commission, and has quite stringent application of the laws that are in place. But I do not think that any member state can give a guarantee that their beef is BSE-free."Irish company Enfer Scientificis is remaining positive that the plans can go ahead, however. It claims to have developed a new test for conclusive identification of BSE, which can be used prior to the implementation of the official EU testing programme.
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