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From: TSS ()
Subject: Austria finds mad cow disease in Slovenian ox
Date: August 24, 2005 at 11:24 am PST

Austria says finds mad cow disease in Slovenian ox
Wed Aug 24, 2005 6:02 PM BST

VIENNA (Reuters) - A case of mad cow disease has been found in Slovenian meat in Austria but there is no risk to consumers, the Austrian health ministry said on Wednesday.

The ministry said the case of mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), was found in a Slovenian animal that had been brought to the southern city of Graz to be slaughtered.

"The Federal Ministry for Health and Women was informed today at 1630 (3:30 p.m. British time) ... of a positive BSE find," the ministry said.

"It was an ox from Slovenia," it added.

The ministry said consumers were not at risk because the animal's remains had been secured and would be incinerated.

"This case proves once more that the Austrian BSE supervision programme works completely in identifying infected animals and removing them from the food chain," the ministry said.

The health ministry said there had been five cases of BSE in Slovenia in recent years.

It is estimated that one in a million people worldwide is infected with BSE. In Britain, where most of the deaths related to BSE have occurred, authorities ordered millions of heads of cattle destroyed during the 1980s and 1990s, when BSE swept through its herds.

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