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Brazil announces 'audit' to curb mad cow fears

Published on Jan 7, 2013 6:10 AM
File picture of cattle on May 31, 2003 near to the edge of a road, 55 km (34 miles) from Presidente Epitacio village, western Brazil. China and South Africa have joined Japan in suspending imports of Brazilian beef meat over an atypical case of mad cow disease, an official source said on Dec 13, 2012. "We received official notification from China and South Africa announcing the decision," said an official from the agriculture ministry who spoke on condition of anonymity. The ministry earlier this week said the case was detected in an animal that died in 2010 in the southern state of Parana and posed "no risk whatsoever to public health or to animal hygiene." -- PHOTO : AFP

BRASILIA (AFP) - Brazil's agriculture ministry announced on Sunday a top-to-bottom "audit" of its cattle industry as the world's top beef exporters tries to stave off a growing crisis over a case of mad cow disease.

"We will review all procedures to be sure we are doing everything necessary," Mr Celio Porto, international relations secretary for the agriculture minister, told the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper.

"It's like an audit by the ministry of agriculture on state services," Mr Porto said, adding that it would follow guidelines set by the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health.

Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan and China have suspended all beef imports from Brazil in connection with an atypical case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) that was confirmed last month in an animal that died in 2010 in the southern state of Parana.

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