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January 26, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
About 1,000 cattle in Texas are being quarantined while the Food and Drug Administration determines whether they ate feed from a mill that may have violated rules designed to prevent mad cow disease. The announcement, the FDA's first real crackdown on violations of those rules, came as U.S. cattle producers pressed the government and feed makers to improve compliance with a federal ban on feeding animal meal to cows and sheep.
January 19, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
As a precaution against the human form of "mad cow" disease, anyone who lived or traveled in France, Portugal or Ireland for a total of 10 years since 1980 should be banned from donating blood in the United States, government advisors said. People can catch the disease by eating infected beef, but there's no proof they can then spread the illness through blood.
January 16, 2001 | From Associated Press
A suspected case of mad cow disease in Italy was found at a slaughterhouse that supplies meat to McDonald's restaurants in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. The slaughterhouse in Lodi, in the northern Lombardy region, belongs to the Cremonini group, the exclusive meat supplier for the American fast food giant's restaurants across Italy, Cremonini spokesman Massimiliano Parboni said Monday. Until Saturday, when the case was discovered, Italy had been considered mad cow-free.
January 9, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Slaughterhouse owners and meat transporters blocked traffic for hours at tollbooths in France on Monday to protest stringent new rules on testing cattle for "mad cow" disease. The government's plan to screen 20,000 animals per week hurts an industry already battered by mad cow fears, beef industry unions said. They blocked roads into Paris, Rennes, Lyons and Bordeaux.
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and his government sought Thursday to calm the near hysteria sweeping this country over an outbreak of "mad cow" disease that has cast suspicions on Germans' beloved sausage and caused a pre-holiday run on poultry and fish.
December 11, 2000 | Reuters
Joggers, skaters and freeloaders converged on a park here Sunday for a giant spit roast held by French butchers determined to convince their compatriots they do not sell "mad cow" beef. The butchers of Paris held their "sane cow" barbecue to counter consumer fears after news that French supermarkets had sold beef from a herd to which bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, had been traced.
If there is a Gallic version of hell, it surely must be this: to watch as food you love is outlawed or deemed dangerous, and to hear that eating it may lead to sickness and death. Last week, Philippe Bardau, the top-rated chef in this former royal capital on the Loire, took all beef-based dishes off the menu of his 19-table restaurant, which boasts a star in the Michelin guide.
December 7, 2000 | Reuters
Germany launched nationwide tests Wednesday for all beef from cattle older than 30 months in its bid to win back consumer confidence shattered by the Europe-wide "mad cow" scare. The government agreed to the move, along with a blanket ban on meat-based animal feed that took effect over the weekend, in anticipation of a package of similar measures that will take effect throughout the European Union beginning Jan. 1.
December 5, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The European Union took its most drastic measure yet to stem panic over "mad cow" disease by ordering a six-month ban on almost all animal products in fodder. The ban is expected to cost $1.3 billion, but the ministers hope that it will return confidence in the beef industry. Fodder containing animal products is a key suspect in spreading the disease from Britain four years ago into other areas of Europe.
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