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EU relaxes rules on backbones in T-bone steak

April 22, 2008
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According to Reuters, the European Union has agreed to further relax food safety rules on T-bone steaks that were first imposed due to fears over mad cow disease, the European Commission said recently.

Sales of beef containing the backbone of animals aged over 12 months were banned in 2001 in many European countries to reduce the risk of catching the human equivalent of BSE, mad cow disease. This low age limit effectively outlawed T-bone steaks.

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy is the brain-wasting disease that is believed to cause a similar deadly condition in humans.

The cow''s vertebral column is thought to be particularly dangerous because concentrations of BSE-causing agents have normally been found in nervous tissue rather than muscle.

Perhaps the most famous victim of the EU''s mad cow ban was Italy''s phonebook-thick Fiorentina steak, cut from cattle aged between 17 and 22 months and including a big piece of backbone.

The decision is expected to be published in the coming days in the EU''s Official Journal and enter into force shortly afterwards, officials said.
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