The Health and Welfare Ministry has decided to ban the use of ingredients taken from cattle in 29 mainly European countries for medicines and other products in light of growing concern over mad cow disease, ministry officials said Tuesday.

The move was made in response to intensifying alarm about the safety of drugs and other products that include ingredients taken from cattle, sheep and other animals, the officials said.

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