Next week, the first shipments of British beef are scheduled to arrive in Europe, ending a decade-old ban aimed at stemming the spread of BSE. Experts at Britian's National Beef Association are estimating British beef prices to increase by 20% due to demand from European buyers.

In other British news, an outbreak of anthrax was discovered on a farm in south Wales. Two cows were killed by the highly contagious disease -- their carcasses were burnt on site in accordance with rules for controlling the diseases. Anthrax is a highly contagious, deadly bacteria, and anthrax spores are known to persist for years. -- Stephanie Veldman