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Brazil investigates suspected case of mad cow disease

02 September 2021

Brazil’s agriculture ministry said on 1 September that it is investigating a suspected case of mad cow disease.

An industry source told Reuters, on condition of anonymity, that the suspected case occurred in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais.

The ministry said such investigations are commonplace, and pledged to announce its findings as soon as the ongoing probe is concluded.

This is the first potential case since May 2019, when Brazil's government reported the occurrence of an "atypical" mad cow disease case in an animal in Mato Grosso state.

At that time, the ministry said mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), had been detected in a 17-year-old cow, adding that no parts of that animal had entered the food chain.

The source said evidence suggested the current case was also atypical, as it appeared to have been detected in an older cow like in 2019.

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Source: Reuters



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