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South Amercia Calling
Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:55 AM CDT

It appears that all it took was for me to highlight the promising outlook for Brazilian cattle ranching on Wednesday for problems to emerge.

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 ...

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