just-food.com heard this morning that Italy has banned French beef imports, and trucks are backed up at the border with no apparent prospect of entry. The ban applies solely to older French cows (18 months and over) and to French beef on the bone, but the impact is currently generalised. Trucks from all supplier countries, regardless of origin, are backed up at the border as rigorous checking procedures are put in place.Other countries are becoming increasingly concerned that the ban will put pressure on their own exports. In 1999 Italy imported 25,000 tons of beef from Denmark and 82,000t from France. Denmark sends 25 trucks to Italy every week to deliver about 500 tons of meat.