The Balearic Ministry for Agriculture yesterday confirmed the Balearics' eighth case of mad cow disease. This latest case has been detected in Majorca, but sources at the ministry said yesterday that the cow, which died on the Majorcan farm was not destined for the human food chain. Of the eight cases which have been detected in the Balearics, six have been found in Minorca and just two in Majorca. The Balearics is one of the few autonomous regions in Spain which, since the mad cow crisis started in Spain, has tested all animals which have died on local farms and not only cattle aged over 30 months and destined for human consumption. One of the reasons that cases are still being discovered is because of the Balearic authority's strict controls and routine checks which are far more rigorous than other regions in the European Union.

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