|February 23, 2004,
just-food.com: Japan has confirmed its tenth
case of mad cow disease, or BSE, since the disease was
first discovered in the country in September 2001.
Health and agriculture ministries identified an eight-year-old
Holstein cow from Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo, as
Japan’s first new case of BSE (bovine spongiform
encephalopathy) since November, reported Reuters.
Authorities are now trying to trace the history of
the infected cow to ascertain its birthplace.
When BSE was first discovered in Japan in 2001, the
beef industry was hit hard by a consumer backlash against
its products. The industry has been struggling to regain
consumer confidence in beef, but this has not been helped
by the December discovery of a case of BSE in the US.
Japan immediately banned imports of US beef, but the
US has been trying hard to persuade Japan, one of the
main export markets for US beef, to lift the ban. In
order to protect its beef industry, Japan has called
for all US cattle to be tested for BSE, a request that
the US has rejected.