The case was identified in the Mato Grosso region earlier this month, in a cow aged 17 years. According to a statement by the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA), all BSE-specific risk material was removed from the animal during emergency slaughter and incinerated at the slaughterhouse.
Due to the trade agreement between Brazil and China, the identification of BSE required a temporary suspension of imports of meat. China was the only country to suspend meat trade with Brazil during this period. The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply Tereza Cristina said she is negotiating a new protocol with the Chinese health authorities.
MAPA added that other products derived from the animal were identified, located and seized preventively, with no product entering the human food chain or ruminants, and there was no risk to the population.
The World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) also stated that there would be no additional reports on the case.
Processor Minerva had announced that the staff at its site in Barretos in Sao Paulo were to be placed on “collective vacation” for two weeks due to the temporary ban on beef exports to China. In the wake of the ban being lifted, the collective vacation has been cancelled.