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Brazil resumes beef exports to China

Jun, 13, 2019 Posted by datamarnews

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China is to allow imports of Brazilian beef again, which was suspended since June 3, due to the report of an atypical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) known as ‘mad cow disease’, detected in Mato Grosso.

China is the only Brazilian beef importing country which has a health protocol that requires a temporary suspension of meat imports when an atypical case of BSE is detected. The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Tereza Cristina, reaffirmed that she will continue negotiating a new protocol with the Chinese health authorities.

The disease was observed in a 17 year old cow. All BSE-specific risk material was removed from the animal during emergency slaughter and incinerated at the slaughterhouse itself. Other products derived from the animal were identified, located and seized preventively, with no product entering the human food chain.

The World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) requested additional information from Brazil regarding this case, which showed that there is no health risk. Beef supplies to other countries remained uninterrupted.

The following DataLiner chart shows the trend in Brazilian beef imports by China from January 2015 to March 2019.

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