Le Soir, Belgium
THE BRITISH argument that the European Union, in its fight against BSE, practised double standards, is not without justification. For while a strict export ban has been in place in Britain since 1996, other countries afflicted with BSE - Belgium is the most recent example - got away with it. The European Union is a long way from guaranteeing the safety of consumers. It would seem that Mad Cow Disease is not just a British problem, but a problem that concerns all of Europe .
Suddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
THE EXTREME complexity of the European Union's decision-making mechanism really reaches its fullest expression in a case like this. But, Britain's euphoria on Tuesday could not hide the darker chapters of the story of the nation's response to the disease. Sir Kenneth Calman, English Chief Medical Officer under the Conservative government, who held his post until a little over a month ago, has recently admitted that contaminated animal feed was still being sold six years after it was banned. And that's before we even touch on the subject of hygiene levels in slaughterhouses.
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