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"We're prepared to go to court"

EU wants to end screening of imported cattle

Updated fredag 21 juni 2013 kl 13.27
Published fredag 21 juni 2013 kl 11.42

The European Commission has decided to take Sweden to the European Court of Justice over the testing of imported cattle here to screen for Paratuberculosis.

Also called Johne's disease, it’s an often fatal intestinal infection among ruminants.

The Commission says the tests violate EU regulations on restrictions to trade.

Swedish Agriculture Minister Eskil Erlandsson has expressed his disappointment in the commission’s action,. “There’s an obvious risk this will introduce new diseases into our country”, he tells Swedish Radio News.

The disease has not existed in Sweden since the 1960’s, but is found in several EU countries, primarily in Eastern Europe.  Eskil Erlandsson says the government will fight to keep the tests, and is prepared to fight the case in the EU court.

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