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The German government sought to allay fears about milk, declaring that virtually no British dairy products were sold in Germany and the local products were safe. Conscious of the panic whipped up by the first BSE crisis in the spring, Bonn's agriculture and health ministers held a crisis meeting with experts, which ended with a pronouncement that consumers had nothing to fear.

Bonn is calling on EU experts to carry out a further study into the conclusions of last week's British findings. In addition, Germany ordered a ban on the slaughter of the last-born calves from cows originating from British herds that have not been certified as free from BSE. Imre Karacs