Jordan halts multiple countries' beef imports over mad cow disease

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AMMAN —  The Ministry of Agriculture confirmed that it suspended the import of live calves and beef, in all its forms, including refrigerated and frozen, from the Netherlands, Spain, and Brazil due to the emergence of cases of mad cow disease.اضافة اعلان

The ministry noted that red meat will be available in preparation for the holy month of Ramadan, and the available alternatives allow for an increase in the strategic stock of foodstuffs in all its forms.

Significant risk to Brazil's livestock sectorThe Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture described the case as "atypical" and said it would work to lift the suspension of beef imports, which several Asian countries had also rushed to enact, Al-Ghad News reported.

Brazil's animal livestock sector is one of the largest in the world, and the export ban poses a significant risk to it.

The country's Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement that an analysis conducted by the World Organization for Animal Health confirmed the unusual nature of the infection.

Resuming exports to ChinaThe ministry also said that it would schedule an online meeting with Chinese officials to discuss the resumption of beef exports to their country.

The infection was detected in a nine-year-old bull in the state of Pará in the north of the country, suffering from bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease).

The discovery of the case, which was announced on February 20, automatically banned Brazilian beef sales to China. Earlier on Thursday, three other Asian countries — Iran, Jordan, and Thailand — also temporarily suspended the import of beef from anywhere in Brazil.

The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture also confirmed in an earlier statement that Russia had suspended imports, but only from the state of Pará. The ministry said there was only one meatpacking plant in Pará authorized to sell beef products to Russia.

Resuming beef exports ‘as soon as possible’
The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture said it was seeking to resume beef exports "as soon as possible".

The infected animal has already been destroyed. Officials explained that atypical cases of mad cow disease can occur spontaneously in cattle populations and such infections do not depend on ingestion of feed contaminated by abnormal pathogens known as prions.

However, the classical pattern of mad cow disease is more dangerous because it involves contamination with so-called prion proteins, and can lead to a devastating trade ban on the sector.

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