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Suspected Brazil BSE Case
Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent
Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:51 AM CDT

SAO PAULO, Brazil (DTN) -- The Brazil Agriculture Ministry announced Thursday it is investigating a nervous system disease-related death of an animal at a slaughterhouse in Mato Grosso state, which could be a case of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

A similar scare in December 2012 caused seven countries to ban beef from Brazil, the world's No. 1 exporter.

However, government and industry leaders are downplaying the importance of the suspected atypical case. They point out that the animal was over 10 years old, an age when BSE is known to occur naturally. If the animal was not fed meat ...

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