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From: TSS (216-119-138-170.ipset18.wt.net)
Subject: Japan finds possible mad cow case in 20-month-old bull could impede efforts to end a ban on U.S. beef imports
Date: November 30, 2004 at 9:46 am PST

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Subject: Japan finds possible mad cow case in 20-month-old bull could impede efforts to end a ban on U.S. beef imports
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2004 11:53:53 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@LISTSERV.KALIV.UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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JPN may have BSE in young bull

Japan finds possible mad cow case in 20-month-old bull

Tue Nov 30, 2004 01:27 AM ET

TOKYO (Reuters) - A 20-month-old Holstein bull in Japan's northern
island of Hokkaido may have mad cow disease, a local government official
said on Tuesday, a development that could impede efforts to end a ban on
U.S. beef imports.

If confirmed, the bull would be the youngest case since the
brain-wasting disease -- formally known as bovine spongiform
encephalopathy (BSE) -- was first found in Japan in 2001 and could make
the government rethink its plan to exclude cattle aged 20 months or
younger from its policy of blanket BSE testing.

Last month, Japan agreed with the United States to resume imports of
American beef from cattle aged 20 months or younger, in line with the
planned BSE test policy.

Japan has suspended American beef imports since the first U.S. case of
mad cow disease was discovered in Washington state last December.

Before the ban, Japan was the top market for U.S. beef, buying some $1.4
billion worth a year.

The final test results on the 20-month-old bull are expected by the end
of this week, the local government official said.

The bull was born in Hokkaido on March 7, 2003, and was slaughtered on
Monday, he said.

So far, Japan has confirmed 14 cases of mad cow disease, and the
youngest case of BSE was in an animal aged 21 months.

Japan has been testing all cattle slaughtered for food for mad cow
disease since October 2001, after its first case of BSE was discovered
in the previous month.

The government introduced the system to restore consumer confidence in
the safety of beef, as Japanese shunned beef for fear of catching the
deadly disease. Humans can contract a variant of the brain-wasting
disease by eating contaminated meat.

But the government plans to ease the blanket testing policy, based on a
report compiled in September by Japan's Food Safety Commission.

In the report, the commission acknowledged that the youngest case of BSE
found in Japan was in an animal aged 21 months, and that it was hard to
detect the disease in younger animals using test methods now available.

Last month the government presented the new BSE test plan to the
commission for approval. A decision from the commission is expected
early next year.

reuters.com

Greetings,

> If confirmed, the bull would be the youngest case since the
> brain-wasting disease -- formally known as bovine spongiform
> encephalopathy (BSE)


Actually, there has also been another BSE case in a 20 month old in 1992
in the UK, a 21 month old in the UK in 1989 and 5 that were 24 months
old in 1988, 2 in 1990, 1 in 1991, and 1 in 1995.

http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/bse/statistics/bse/yng-old.html


TSS


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