The number of cases of mad cow disease (BSE) detected in Germany is still rising. According to the latest figures from the Berlin ministry of agriculture, the total number of cases now stands at 64 with four more being reported in Bavaria, the worst affected Länder, during the last 10 days. Bavarian cases account for half the German total, but the disease is widespread through the Federal Republic. Bavaria's agriculture minister Josef Miller now wants the slaughter policy used to control BSE to be limited. He has proposed to national agriculture minister Renate Kunast that only the cohorts of an infected animal ­ those born within a year of it ­ rather than the whole herd should be destroyed. Miller argues, in support of his proposals, that EU scientists had recommended such an approach eight months ago. {{M/E MEAT }}

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