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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Beef Ban Phase-Out

BRUSSELS () -- The European Commission began studying new proposals Wednesday for phasing out the ban on British beef exports as officials held out hope for a deal to end the mad cow crisis within a week.

Officials at the European Union executive agency said London had offered a step-by-step plan as the basis for an agreement among EU nations before a European summit June 21 to 22 in Florence, Italy.

"The commission will study it with a view toward reaching a solution before Florence," EU chief spokesman Klaus van der Pas told reporters.