EU agriculture commissioner Franz Fischler has criticised The Czech Republic’s decision to ban beef imports from EU countries where BSE has been detected. The ban is, according to Fischler, unwarranted because thorough checks are made to guarantee that all meat for human consumption is safe.

Fischler was speaking before his planned visit to Prague tomorrow, where he intends to raise the issue with Czech Agriculture Minister Jan Fencl.

The agriculture commissioner also revealed that the EU has no plans to ban meat imports from the Czech Republic, but that he also wished to discuss with Fencl the measures that the Czech government would be implementing next.