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Japan to incinerate 45 cows suspected of having mad cow disease Kozo Mizoguchi, Canadian Press
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Font: * * * * TOKYO (AP) - Forty-five cows at a farm in northern Japan are suspected of having mad cow disease and will be destroyed, officials said Thursday.

A cow that died at the farm on the northern island of Hokkaido was confirmed on Jan. 24 to be Japan's 22nd case of the disease. It was not raised for food and posed no danger to the country's beef supply, officials said. Following that death, the Hokkaido government banned the farm from moving any of its 432 cows, Hokkaido prefectural (state) official Osamu Terada said.

On Thursday, Hokkaido officials determined that 43 adult cows and two calves at the farm are suspected of having mad cow disease and will be incinerated, the prefecture said in a statement. The two calves were born from the cow that died earlier.

The dead cow was found to have been fed with meat-bone meal - the first known use of such feed in Japan since it was banned in 2001, Terada said.

Officials were investigating how the meal came to be used for the cow, which died on Jan. 20, he said.

After confirming its first case of mad cow disease in 2001, Japan began testing every domestically slaughtered cow entering the market and banned the use of meat-bone meal made from ruminant animal parts because of the possibility that they could transmit the disease.

Japan was among several countries to ban Canadian and U.S. beef after the first case of mad cow disease was confirmed in an Alberta cow in May 2003, and partially re-opened its borders to North-American beef in December.

Japan halted all imports of U.S. beef last month after discovering backbones in a shipment of American veal. The bones are deemed to be at risk of mad cow disease and are banned under the December deal.

Commonly referred to as mad cow disease, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, is a degenerative nerve disease in cattle that is linked in humans to variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare but fatal illness.

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Three years ago, we would't take beef from a country that had one case. We'll see what we do now with a country that is finding 45 at a shot. How much is "trade" worth?
 

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Are they going to actually test them for BSE or just destroy them because they "might" have BSE?

At the Feb. 2/06 Prion Symposium in Calgary, Danny Matthews of the Veterinary Laboratory Agency of the UK, (OIE BSE and Scrapie listed expert and contact) stated that there is a severe shortage of BSE prion material to do scientific work with.

I wonder why, if there is such a shortage of prions for scientists to examine, would a country ie: Japan, incinerate these animals. Perhaps they are trying to hide the evidence of metal/radiation contamination?

54 nuclear reactors in Japan, and mining of uranium on Hokkaido Island.

If you hear more on this matter, please be sure to post it.
 

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Kathy said:
Are they going to actually test them for BSE or just destroy them because they "might" have BSE?

At the Feb. 2/06 Prion Symposium in Calgary, Danny Matthews of the Veterinary Laboratory Agency of the UK, (OIE BSE and Scrapie listed expert and contact) stated that there is a severe shortage of BSE prion material to do scientific work with.

I wonder why, if there is such a shortage of prions for scientists to examine, would a country ie: Japan, incinerate these animals. Perhaps they are trying to hide the evidence of metal/radiation contamination?

54 nuclear reactors in Japan, and mining of uranium on Hokkaido Island.

If you hear more on this matter, please be sure to post it.

I heard it this morning on agri-talk and just did a google search tonight.
 

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