The kill in Sweden in 2001 was just under the 500,000 mark achieved in 2000. This decline refers to a couple of weeks following the FMD outbreak in Europe when there was almost no kill at all. This year, kills are expected to reach the 500,000 mark once again and this is likely to be the kill level for the coming years, unless anything dramatic happens such as diseases or a change in farming policies. Meat consumption has returned to normal but was never really affected. So far, Sweden has no confirmed cases of FMD or BSE.