Brazilian meat (Reuters)
Russia imposes a ban on beef exported from “Para”
The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture said that the countries of Jordan and Thailand have temporarily stopped importing beef from Brazil, in conjunction with the Brazilian authorities’ investigation into a case of mad cow disease from Para state.
The ministry confirmed that Russia had stopped imports from Para state after discovering a case of mad cow disease.
The ministry said that the countries of Jordan and Thailand “temporarily stopped beef imports from all parts of Brazil, and Russia imposed a ban on beef exported from” Para “.
Brazil halted beef exports to China to meet the terms of a trade agreement. The ministry stated that there is only one meat-packing plant in Bara that is authorized to sell beef products to Russia, according to Reuters.
Brazil is investigating a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a 9-year-old male animal from Para state. The discovery of the case, which was announced on February 20, led to a self-ban on Brazilian beef sales to China.
The animal was culled, and authorities are awaiting test results to determine whether it contracted the classic form of the disease or if it is an atypical condition that can occur spontaneously in livestock and does not depend on eating prion-contaminated feed.
The classic form of mad cow disease is considered more dangerous because it involves contamination with the prion protein, and could lead to widespread trade bans.
Local newspaper Valor Economico had earlier reported the Russian ban, which began on Wednesday and includes live animals, processed fresh meat and by-products.
The newspaper report stated that Andrei Yurkov, the Russian agricultural attaché in Brazil, refused to say whether the ban might be lifted if the Brazilian government confirmed that the case was atypical or would continue.
Brazil’s agriculture ministry said on Thursday that a confirmed case of “atypical” mad cow disease had been detected in the country last month, and that it would work to lift the suspension of beef imports that several countries in Asia had rushed to impose.
The suspension of exports poses a significant risk to Brazil’s important livestock sector, one of the largest in the world.
In a statement, the Ministry of Agriculture referred to an analysis by the World Organization for Animal Health that confirmed the unusual case of infection.
The ministry added that it will schedule an online meeting with Chinese officials to discuss resuming beef exports to their country.
The ministry stated that there is only one meat-packing plant in Pará that is authorized to sell beef products to Russia. The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock confirmed that it seeks to resume beef exports “as soon as possible.”
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