Published On: Wed, Jan 2nd, 2013

Chile and Jordan are the latest countries to ban Brazilian beef in light of ‘Mad Cow’ case

Public domain image/ JoeSmack at the wikipedia project

Public domain image/ JoeSmack at the wikipedia project

In a follow-up to a Dec. 9 story, Chile and Jordan join China, Japan, South Africa and Saudi Arabia in banning beef imports from the world’s No. 1 beef exporter, Brazil after the disclosure of  a case of atypical mad cow disease in early December, according to a Reuters report Jan. 2.

However, officials in Brazil insist that their beef is safe and they say there is “no basis” for the bans. In fact, if the bans aren’t lifted, a Brazilian official said, “Taking action at the World Trade Organization (WTO) is on our radar.”

Is there no basis for the beef ban as the Brazilians say? The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) seems to agree with Brazil. In a Q & A press release Dec. 20, the OIE states:

Eating red meat (i.e. deboned skeletal muscle meat) poses no risk to consumers, regardless of the BSE risk status of the cattle population of the producing country. Besides, in this case in Brazil, the dead animal was destroyed and did not enter the food or feed chain.

The OIE has defined a transparent, science-based and impartial procedure for the recognition of BSE risk status of Member Countries. Brazil is recognized as having a negligible BSE risk i.e. the most favorable category.

This all stems from a case, where in Dec. 2010, a 13-year-old cow exhibited limb stiffness in the city of Sertanopolis, Parana state. The animal died and later tested positive for the disease some 18 months after the animal died.

According to Reuters, Officials from the Secretary for Animal and Plant Health at Brazil’s farm ministry said on Dec. 21 that Brazil would give the countries that curbed its beef imports until March before pursuing legal action at the WTO.


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  1. Josef Hlasny says:

    Epidemiological incidence of neurodegenerative diseases in a certain period, was only detected in cattle in the UK (BSE). This happened at a time, after significant increase of crude protein, in dairy rations (ARC, 1980) in the mid of 1980s, without equality of dietary Mg-supplementation. Feeding readily fermentable young grass (there especially most common ryegrass), leads to intraruminal ammonia concentrations (up to 30-70 mmol/l), and to decrease of magnesium absorption.
    Since 2000, as a professional specialist for cattle nutrition, I deal went mad cows (BSE). This was 12 years ago ( March 2001), when I published) an alternative theory ( BSE ammonia- magnesium theory), where the main role of NMDA receptors was described. See later (2006)my website http://www.bse-expert.cz .
    Already this will be one year, when it was pointed out that should will be open a Pandora’s box (error relating infectivity about neurodegenerative diseases) in connection with research of Alzheimer’s disease (http://cen.acs.org/articles/90/i27/Alzheimers-Prion-Connection.html ).There, Neil R. Cashman, a neurologist at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver said; „These results point to amyloid-β and other neurodegenerative proteins as behaving like prions. It’s becoming a widely
    accepted idea, but it’s also opening a Pandora’s box”…
    However, research on Alzheimer’s disease increasingly shows that the common denominator in the development of neurodegeneration is hyper NMDA receptors. See, for example, some recent publications from March- April 2013; ;
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23431156?dopt=Abstract ;
    http://www.nature.com/cddis/journal/v4/n4/full/cddis2013129a.html ;

    BSE/vCJD may not be infectious diseases (according to the mice
    experiments;Alzheimer’s disease would also have to be of infectious origin),
    as it was recently pointed out (approx. 60 pages; 14 chapters from August
    2012 and a further 17 chapters from March 2013; as comments) in the „USA
    Today“ (see Appendix) ;
    As regards the transmission of infection by blood transfusion, see the
    comments on this issue in the following three chapters (from August 23,
    11. Four cases about the „convincing evidence“ that vCJD infections have
    been transmitted by blood transfusion
    12. First typical case about vCJD disease by blood transmission , as a
    “detective story”
    13. The impact of prion disorders on transfusion services throughout the
    world needs to be considered further.
    These three chapters have recently been copied and published in Serbia. So
    is mad cow disease (BSE) infectious or not? Se recently more (as a
    “detective story”);

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