Bidding farewell to BSE
It seems such a long time ago that Mad Cow Disease first hit the headlines and British beef was demonised across the world.
Now, the EU is considering relaxing the rules it put in place to stop the spread of BSE all those years ago.
In fact the European Commission says the EU is “on the brink of eradicating the disease” in its territory thanks to its measures. I’m not quite sure EU officials can quite lay sole claim to that but then humility is never their strong point, is it.
A ban on meat and bone meal in feed for pigs, poultry and fish – which was imposed to prevent contamination to other animals – is to be lifted.
So it seems that, thankfully, the era of Mad Cow Disease, which started in the UK more than two decades ago and spread across Europe, illustrated by film of cattle thrashing about crazily, is finally coming to an end.
Johnny says: “A good moove.”
The European Commission has been forced to admit a mistake that left fishermen in Scotland out of pocket.
Today the Commission came clean about an error in figures used to calculate the amount of fish fishermen are allowed to catch – and then sell.
It was a simple mistake to make but incredibly serious. The Commission mixed up figures in a table it produced between a column for the waters around the west of Scotland with a column dealing with the North Sea.
The trouble was, officials were using the table to work out how many days Scottish fishermen were allowed to take to the seas.
The mistake led to a 10 % reduction in the days they were told they could legally fish in 2007.
It has taken three years for the European Commission to admit this mistake, refused to do so at first, and only does so now following the intervention of the European Ombudsman.
A very fishy tale indeed.