European Union food safety experts have agreed to totally lift a ten year ban on British beef exports, imposed at the height of the mad cow disease scare. The recommendation by the bloc’s veterinary committee still requires endorsement by the European Commission.
But if, as expected, all goes smoothly, British beef could start to return to EU supermarket shelves in late April or early May, under the same terms as other EU member states. Exports of British beef to the European Union were halted in 1996 as brain-wasting BSE spread through the country. Some 150 people also died from the human form of the disease after eating tainted meat.