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In Brief: European "mad cow" products ban

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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European "mad cow" products ban: The U.S. Trade Representative plans to press European Union to exempt drugs, cosmetics, medical devices and other U.S. products from a ban on use of materials at risk of contamination by transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE). The ban, imposed by a July decision of the European Commission, is slated to go into effect Jan. 1 ("The Tan Sheet" Nov. 17. p. 11). In addition to banning the specified risk materials, the European action requires makers of drugs, cosmetics and medical devices wishing to sell in the EU to provide government certification that the product does not contain, and is not derived from, the materials. USTR and Commerce Department officials have indicated the U.S. government "will not comply" with the EC decision "and will therefore not provide certifications to manufacturers, instead pushing for a broad exemption from the ban"...
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