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The commission has taken no chances when it has come to dealing with B.S.E., and the most stringent monitoring and control measures have been applied. Precautionary measures, including the embargo on U.K. beef exports, were taken when deemed necessary to fully protect consumers. However, the U.K. has made great strides in tackling this disease, and has met all of the criteria that were set for the lifting of the beef export ban, in line with scientific and veterinary advice. We must now acknowledge this and resume normal trade in this area.

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