Brazil acts to curb mad cow fears

AFP-JIJI

Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry announced Sunday a top-to-bottom “audit” of its cattle industry as the world’s top beef exporter tries to stave off a growing crisis over a case of mad cow disease.

Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan and China have suspended all beef imports from Brazil in connection with an atypical case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) that was confirmed last month in an animal that died in 2010 in the southern state of Parana.

Five other countries have imposed some restrictions on beef over the same case.