The Czech Republic has confirmed the first cast of BSE outside of Western Europe. So far, two tests on a six-year-old cow have yielded positive results for bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

The Czech government is awaiting the results of a third test sent to Germany. Once those results are known, if positive, the government will probably extend BSE testing to all slaughtered animals older than 30 months. In addition, part of the herd where the animal came from — all animals aged five to seven years — would be slaughtered.

The State Veterinary Authority presumes that BSE is not widespread in the country. More than 10,000 random tests have been conducted so far this year and all have been negative.

Despite those assurances, neighboring countries of Poland, Slovakia and Lithuania have banned imports of Czech beef and beef products. Hungary however, will allow beef that tests negative to enter the country.

Reuters