Plans for EU-wide random testing of some cattle for BSE have been approved by the Brussels Standing Veterinary Committee. The move is welcomed by some in the British industry who believe it could reduce prejudice against this country's beef. However, one danger is hinted at by reports the Irish authorities have been worried their beef could come under greater suspicion as a consequence. The effect could be to narrow Ireland's export opportunities, indirectly weakening prices in the UK by forcing processors in the Republic to increase their shipments here {{MEAT }}

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