BSE Case Confirmed in Brazil
May 9, 2014

A 12-year-old cow in Brazil has been confirmed to have Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) after suspicions of neurological problems upon arrival at a slaughterhouse in the state of Mato Grosso in April.

According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the prion marker was identified after the cow had problems during transport and was found fallen on April 14. Emergency slaughter was issued and no products from the animal entered the food chain.

The BSE incident comes shortly after the comment period on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's proposal closed. The proposal would allow fresh beef imports from 14 Brazilian states, including Mato Grosso.

The American Sheep Industry Association submitted comments urging USDA to compile and publish additional information on risk before proposing to allow fresh beef imports from Brazil.