Jul 14, 2016

Japan to end mandatory testing for mad cow disease

Mandatory testing of all cattle aged over 48 months for bovine spongiform encephalopathy will cease next year, officials said Tuesday. The Cabinet Office’s Food Safety Commission on Tuesday received a report from a team of experts that says there would be negligible impact on ...

Jun 29, 2013

Blanket tests for mad cow disease will end Sunday

Blanket testing for mad cow disease will end Sunday, 12 years after the program was started in October 2001 after Japan’s first case was found, the government said Friday. Blanket testing “was significant for removing the people’s insecurity,” health minister Norihisa Tamura said. “As ...

May 31, 2013

Japan at 'negligible risk' for mad cow

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 ...