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Parliament calls for European register of CJD cases

Following the publication of the European Commission's analysis of measures taken to improve agricultural controls after the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) crisis, the European Parliament considered that the increase in new Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) cases merited...

Following the publication of the European Commission's analysis of measures taken to improve agricultural controls after the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) crisis, the European Parliament considered that the increase in new Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) cases merited the compulsory notification of such cases in all Member States and the introduction of a European register. This came by way of an amendment when the MEPs adopted a resolution calling for the comprehensive application of BSE-testing procedures throughout the European Union (EU). The resolution took a dim view of the fact that 13 Member States face legal proceedings following failures to comply with EU regulations introduced to improve controls. The resolution also took up the situation of compensation claims in the UK and the need to settle this issue. Another amendment adopted expressed concern at the slow decline in BSE cases in the UK and called on the Commission to investigate.

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