The Food Standards Agency has welcomed today's decision, by European Agriculture Ministers meeting in Brussels, to introduce tests throughout Europe to detect BSE infectivity in cattle most at risk of developing the disease. The Agency is to contact the French authorities to seek assurances within the next week on how they will implement controls to prevent beef banned in France from being exported to the UK. The Agency is to convene an expert group in December to review and assess any risks that may be associated with imported beef or beef products.