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Second Czech BSE case this year confirmed

01 December 2006

CZECH REPUBLIC - Beef production in the Czech Republic took a blow this week, after a new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was confirmed in a herd within the country - the second outbreak of its kind this year.

The announcement is a set back for the country’s meat industry which had hoped to turn a corner after five years of fighting the disease.

With the number of cases having rapidly declined over the last year, there had been hope amongst officials that the alert would turn out to be negative.

"We do not expect the confirmation tests to give another result," Josef Duben, spokesman for the State Veterinary Administration, told the (B)AFP(/B) news agency, earlier in the week.

After analyzing samples form the farm however, officials confirmed that a cow had indeed tested positive for the disease, which has threatened beef production in the country for almost half a decade.

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Source: Cee-Food Industry


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