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On 8 December 2012, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries decided to ban imports of beef from Brazil because of a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BCE) in Brazilian cattle.
The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) ran tests on a 13-years-old female cow that died in the state of Parana in December 2010 and did not confirm the disease. What the OIE found is instead the presence of a protein, currently believed to cause the disease, but the animal died for other causes and it is estimated that it is unlikely that the disease would have developed, had the animal not died.
As a result, the OIE continues to qualify Brazil as a country with 'Negligible BSE risk', whereas Japan is actually considered a country with 'Controlled BSE risk'.
Given the official results of the investigation on Brazilian cattle, there appears not to be an internationally-recognized health safety ground for the ban of Brazilian beef.
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