Brazil confirms mad cow disease cases; suspends China beef export

Written by on September 6, 2021

Brazil has suspended beef exports to China after confirming two cases of “atypical” mad cow disease in two separate domestic meat plants.

The halt to beef export begins immediately, the agriculture ministry said in a statement on Saturday, adding Beijing will decide when to begin importing again.

The two bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) cases were identified during health inspections in Minas Gerais and Mato Grosso states in aged cattle.

“Brazil has never recorded a classic case of BSE,” said the ministry, which officially notified the World Organization for Animal Health.

In June 2019, Brazil also temporarily suspended its exports of cattle to China after an atypical case of BSE was detected in Mato Grosso in a 17-year-old cow.

Mad cow disease first appeared in the United Kingdom in the 1980s and spread to many countries in Europe and around the world, causing consumer alarm and triggering a serious crisis in the beef industry.

The disease was spread widely by farmers feeding cattle with the meat and bone meal of dead and infected animals.

Source: BBC

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