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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mad Cow in Moscow?

MOSCOW () -- Russian authorities said Thursday that 730 metric tons of British beef had been imported into the country, violating a worldwide ban imposed in March 1996 amid fears of "mad cow" disease, Interfax reported.

The European Commission had revealed July 2 that 1,600 tons of British beef had been illegally exported, with Belgian help, to the Netherlands, Egypt, Russia and Equatorial Guinea.

Victor Khlystun, deputy prime minister in charge of agriculture, said it was impossible for Russian authorities to see that the beef imports had originated in Britain as the shipments were officially marked as coming from Belgium.

British beef is subject to a worldwide export ban until Britain produces measures judged sufficient to eliminate bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or "mad cow" disease.