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France may finally put end to illegal British beef ban. (Which Way To Go?).

France is moving closer to lifting its illegal ban on British beef, after AFSSA (L'Agence francaise de securite sanitaire des aliments), the country's food safety agency, declared that ending the ban would not endanger the safety of meat sold there.

The European Union as a whole had embargoed British beef in Match 1996 amid fears that bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or Mad Cow Disease, would spread to the rest of Europe. But in August 1999, the EU lifted the ban, ruling that new safety measures imposed in Britain made its beef safe again.

France refused to go along, and Britain took it to the European Court of Justice, which declared the continuing ban illegal. In July of this year, after complaints from Britain, the European Commission went to the same court to seek imposition of a fine of about 160,000 euros ($157,000) a day against France for ignoring its previous ruling. A decision on the fine is not expected for several months.
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Date:Oct 1, 2002
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