The European Union's executive said on Wednesday it did not intend to impose any particular measures on beef imports from the United States following the discovery of a new case of mad cow disease or BSE.

Speaking in French at The European Commission , Frederic Vincent the surveillance introduced for mad cow discovery was working


"The European Commission notes the announcement made by the U.S. that a fourth case of mad cow disease has been detected in the state of California. It's the fourth case in a period of ten years or so. The U.S. does have a surveillance system for mad cow disease, the same as in Europe, so there's no specific measures required on our side. What this shows is that the monitoring system is working."

Samples from the infected cow have been sent to laboratories in Canada and Britain for final confirmation, according to Paris-based world animal health body OIE.

Mexico, Korea and Japan, the three top markets for overseas U.S. beef sales, said they would continue imports, although two major South Korean retailers have halted sales of U.S. beef