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Wednesday, 16 August, 2000, 15:23 GMT 16:23 UK
Kuwait bans French beef
Infected cows can cause CJD in humans
Kuwait has banned imports of French cattle and beef products because of concern about more cases of mad cow disease in France.

A statement from the Kuwaiti agriculture and fisheries authorities said the decision was taken following information from the World Organisation of Animal Health.

The French agriculture ministry said late last month that it had discovered a new case of the disease - the 29th detected this year.

Mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) caused panic in the late 80s and early 90s after it was contracted by cattle in the UK.

Danish ban

BSE has been linked to a fatal brain disease in humans called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), of which Kuwait is a member, lifted a ban in June on imports of Danish beef, three months after fears of an outbreak of BSE.

Last year, the European Union lifted a ban on British beef, which had been imposed in 1996 because of contamination fears.

France, however, maintains its ban in contravention of the EU ruling.

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