Brazil immediately stops beef exports to China after a case of mad cow disease was discovered. This was confirmed on Wednesday by the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture.
Exports have been halted as part of a trade protocol between the two countries. Brazil is the largest exporter of beef in the world. China, the main destination for Brazilian beef, accounted for nearly 60 percent of the country’s exports last month.
Mad cow disease has been detected in a nine-year-old cow in Maraba, Para state. The animal, which received nothing but grass, was culled and cremated on the farm.
Samples from the affected animal were sent to a laboratory in Alberta, Canada, to determine if it was an atypical case. The atypical variant differs from the classic BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy), which is associated with CJD in humans.
An atypical condition generally means that the animal contracted the disease spontaneously rather than through contaminated food. The last case of mad cow disease in Brazil occurred in 2021, followed by a three-month export ban.
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