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Finland relaxes BSE testing

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry says it will stop testing healthy slaughtered cattle for mad cow disease.

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The move follows an EU decision relaxing the testing regime for BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy), a neurological disorder of cattle that can also infect humans.

As of March 1, samples will only be taken from sick animals and those dying for reasons other than human consumption.

Finland has tested for BSE since 2001 after the first and only mad cow disease case in the country to date was discovered.

BSE cases within the European Union have declined in recent years. Eighteen animals tested positive for mad cow disease in 2012.

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