Brazil suspends beef exports to China

An employee sells meat during an inspection by Rio de Janeiro state's consumer protection agency, PROCON, at a supermarket in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 24, 2017. Brazil, the world's biggest beef and poultry exporter, has been hit by allegations of corrupt practices in its meat industry. Police have halted exports by 21 meat processers suspected of bribing inspectors to issue them bogus health certificates for rotten meat. / AFP PHOTO / Yasuyoshi ChibaYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images

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Brazil has had one case of atypical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow’ disease) and so has suspended beef exports to China.

That’s in accordance with a sanitary protocol between them.

Exports to other countries are so far not affected since most follow the advice of the world animal health organization (OIE) which continues to rank Brazil’s beef export risks as “negligible”.

The disease was detected in a 17-year-old cow on Matto Grasso state.

Brazilian officials said they expect shipments to resume as soon as the Chinese authorities conclude evaluating the information sent by Brazil.

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