Brazil announces 'audit' to curb mad cow fears
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.