. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

EU Welcomes Decision to Cull Beef

BRUSSELS -- European Union farm ministers gave a cautious welcome on Tuesday to Britain's decision to slaughter 100,000 extra cattle, but they warned it would be a long while before a worldwide ban on British beef exports would be lifted.

The cull was first agreed at an EU summit in Florence in June as part of a deal to end the mad cow crisis and restore consumer confidence in beef.

But Britain shelved it in September after new scientific evidence came to light that the disease, properly known as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or BSE, would die out naturally in five years.

The EU refused to budge, and Britain was forced belatedly to announce it would go ahead with the cull.