First post-mad cow British calves land in France

5th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

BOULOGNE-SUR-MER, France, May 5, 2006 (AFP) - Four truckloads of British calves arrived in the French port of Boulogne on Friday, the first since the lifting of a decade-old ban on British beef.

BOULOGNE-SUR-MER, France, May 5, 2006 (AFP) - Four truckloads of British calves arrived in the French port of Boulogne on Friday, the first since the lifting of a decade-old ban on British beef.

The trucks arrived in the northern port from Dover early Friday morning — where they were met by a dozen animal rights activists protesting against the transport of live animals, an AFP correspondent said.

A European Union embargo on British beef, triggered by the mad cow crisis in the mid-1990s, was officially lifted on Wednesday.

Britain is now able to export live cattle born after August 1, 1996, and bovine meat and products produced after June 15, 2005, with restrictions on beef containing vertebral material or sold on the bone.

The EU slapped a total ban on exports of British live cattle in March 1996, after London reported a link between bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and a new form of the brain-wasting Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in humans.

The ban remained in place for so long largely because of French, German, Italian and Spanish reservations about lifting it.

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