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Canada allows French beef imports after mad cow case

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Canada will not ban French beef imports even though a case of mad cow disease was confirmed at a farm on Thursday.

The decision came after the French agriculture ministry said an "isolated" case of mad cow disease was found in the northeastern region of the Ardennes.

Canada has evaluated the French beef inspection system and is confident the products are safe, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said.

No actions on imports required

French authorities had said it was probable that countries which last year reopened their borders to French beef exports - Saudi Arabia, Canada, Singapore and Vietnam - would close them again, but that they only represented a small volume of exports.

This was the first case of mad cow disease in France since 2011.

With AFP