GERMANY has admitted there were flaws in its testing for BSE in certain non-approved laboratories. The German agriculture minister Renate Kunast detailed "certain deficiencies" to other EU farm ministers this week, but said that measures had now been taken to correct matters on the advice of the European Commission. David Byrne, EU health and consumer affairs Commissioner, asked other countries to review their own national procedures "to ensure that tests are carried out properly and in approved facilities."

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