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Thursday, 9 December, 1999, 10:15 GMT
Special report: Food war fears



The row between France and Britain over beef exports has increased the political temperature on both sides of the Channel. BBC News Online's special coverage looks at the background to the dispute and the fears it has raised of a fully fledged trade war.




The official story
What the French and British governments say about beef boycotts, bans and EU rules.






What cattle eat
What feeds the animals and birds that feed us? The answer is a bewildering range of things: Environment Correspondent Alex Kirby investigates.


  • Q&A: How safe is our meat?
    What are the health issues behind the war of words?
  • Why mad cow disease lingers on
    Though the numbers of cows found with or suspected to have BSE in Britain has drastically fallen, there are still up to 150 cases each month.
  • Britain's BSE crisis: Timeline
    BBC News Online's multimedia timeline tracks the key developments in Britain's BSE crisis - from when Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or 'Mad Cow Disease', was first identified.




Your views
Do you feel confident eating French beef? Do you take any notice of food scares, or is this more a case of principles? BBC News Online users tell us what they think.




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