Beef in market ‘absolutely safe,’ says Greek gov’t

The Agriculture Ministry issued a statement on Wednesday assuring consumers that beef in the Greek market is “absolutely safe,” following the discovery on Tuesday that two cows which had died at a farm in Fthiotida, central Greece, had been infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease.

The ministry added that it has been conducting intensive inspections on livestock farms and feed, abattoirs, butcher shops and other retailers since 1997, when there was a widespread mad cow scare in Europe.

The farm in Fthiotida where two cows from the Netherlands were found to have BSE, which is transmittable to humans and potentially deadly, has been put under quarantine.