Japan at ‘negligible risk’ for mad cow

JIJI

The World Organization for Animal Health, or OIE, has recognized Japan as a “negligible risk” country for mad cow disease, formally called bovine spongiform encephalopathy, the farm ministry said Wednesday.

The designation came after Japan met the requirements for a country with the lowest BSE risk rating, including the total absence of BSE infections in cows born in Japan in the past 11 years. This decision is expected to help Japan’s beef exports.

The OIE classifies beef-producing countries into three status levels according to their preventive measures for BSE and the number of cases.