(From Agence France Presse)
The UN food agency said the outbreak of mad cow disease in the United States highlights the need to improve the substandard monitoring systems for the disease in many countries.
"In many countries BSE controls are still not sufficient and many countries are not applying the recommended measures properly" the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a statement appealing for procedures to be tightened up.
Mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), has been linked to a fatal brain disorder in humans.
"The discovery of the first case of BSE in the United States in December 2003 highlights …