The Sanitary and Phytosanitary Body of the World Trade Organisation has been warned that food importing countries would have no realistic health grounds for banning sales of dairy products from countries where BSE is present. It has been presented a World Health Organisation and International Organization of Epizootics report that contains this advice. Meanwhile, Romania, representing Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, and Slovenia, complained about import bans in Australia, Argentina, Canada, South Korea, New Zealand and the USA, saying that the bans were unjustified because BSE had been found in the EU, but not in their territories.

By Keith Nuthall, correspondent