(ANSA) – RIO DE JANEIRO, 04 SEPT – Two atypical cases of mad cow have been detected in Brazil, resulting in the suspension of beef exports to China. This was announced yesterday evening by the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture.
This is a measure taken as part of a bilateral protocol existing between the two countries, although the dicastery stressed that “there is no risk to human or animal health”. The two cases are “atypical” because the disease appeared “spontaneously and sporadically, unrelated to the ingestion of contaminated food”, a ministerial statement explained.
The two cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (Bse) were identified during health inspections in the states of Minas Gerais and Mato Grosso in elderly cattle, it is specified by the Brazilian ministry. “Brazil has never registered a classic case of BSE,” said the ministry, which officially notified the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
Mad cow disease first appeared in the UK in the 1980s and has spread to many countries in Europe and around the world, causing consumer alarm and triggering a major crisis in the beef sector. The disease was spread widely by ranchers who fed their livestock with the meat-and-bone meal of dead and infected animals. People have died after contracting the human variant, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, which is believed to be transmitted by consuming infected meat. (HANDLE).
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