January 16, 2001 |
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 |
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.
December 22, 2000 |
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 |
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.
December 11, 2000 |
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 |
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 |
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.
November 26, 2000 |
German officials agreed Saturday on emergency measures to fight "mad cow" disease, including an immediate ban on the use of meat and bone meal in all animal feed. The quick agreement came after two German-born cows tested positive last week for the disease. The feed ban, promised Friday by Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, was confirmed by a meeting of state and federal agriculture officials.
November 25, 2000 |
Health and agriculture officials disclosed Friday that selective testing of beef cattle for so-called mad cow disease has turned up two infected animals from Germany, shocking this nation of food purists into action to demand an immediate ban on cattle feed containing animal parts and mandatory testing of older cows before slaughter.