Food Safety Commissioner David Byrne has sparked a row with German Farm Minister Karl-Heinz Funke…

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Series Details 04/01/01, Volume 7, Number 01
Publication Date 04/01/2001
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Date: 04/01/01

...after claiming that Berlin had ignored warnings about possible BSE cases in German cattle in a Commission study early last year and should have taken precautionary measures. Funke denies failing to take appropriate action, insisting he had no reason to suspect an outbreak of mad cow disease in early 2000. Germany reported its first cases of BSE in December after denying the disease could occur in its herds. Byrne has also ordered Germany to recall all meat products which carry a BSE risk from sale at home and abroad. Funke said this week that planned EU-wide tests for BSE should be extended to sheep.

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