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Japan: First BSE in Cow For Beef

posted on March 17, 2006

Officials in Japan have confirmed the country's first case of mad cow disease in cattle specifically raised to provide meat, an official of the Health Ministry said this week.

A 14-year-old female cow found among cattle bred for beef in the southern prefecture of Nagasaki was confirmed to have been infected with the disease, said the official.

Japan has previously confirmed 23 cases of mad cow disease, the latest in a five-year-old Holstein. But officials said the previous cases have been found in cattle bred to produce milk.

A spokesman for the Health Ministry said no meat from the Nagasaki cow entered the food supply.

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