• Kyodo


The Yokohama Municipal Government and a city-run meat corporation have jointly developed a device that completely removes the spinal cords of slaughtered cows as part of efforts to prevent the spread of mad cow disease.

The device, dubbed Yokohama Safety, uses a specially designed nozzle and a vacuum pump to remove spinal cords, which are where irregular prions, the agent believed to be responsible for the brain-wasting disease, are concentrated in infected cows.

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