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OIE looks to end ban on Brazilian beef

Brazil has upheld its status as a country with a negligible risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) - which could lead to an end to the bans imposed by some countries on Brazilian beef after confirmation an atypical case of BSE in Paraná at the end of last year.

The OIE announced on Monday that it had upheld Brazil's status, but recommended 'strong monitoring' of the disease. The OIE's scientific committee discussed the issue with a delegation from Brazil that was in Paris last week to talk about the case in Paraná, the first occurrence of 'mad cow disease' in the country. After extensive deliberation, the committee decided not to withdraw Brazil's status as of 'negligible risk' for the disease. The committee also ruled that identification of the only case of the disease had not endangered animal or human health, mainly because the animal in Paraná was destroyed and did not enter the food chain.

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