• Kyodo


Local health officials inspected the dairy farm here Tuesday where the latest cow confirmed as carrying mad cow disease was born six years ago.

The Holstein had been kept on a farm in Wakayama Prefecture and was discovered to have bovine spongiform encephalopathy in a routine check for the disease after being slaughtered last week for human consumption.

The diagnosis was confirmed Monday by a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry panel, making it the sixth case of mad cow disease in Japan since September 2001. The fifth case was confirmed in August.

During their inspection of the Shibecha farm, livestock officials from Kushiro, Hokkaido, asked about the feed being used by the farm and other cows born and raised there.

After the investigation, officials hope to determine if there are any other cattle at risk of developing mad cow disease, the authorities said.

The ministry has tested all cattle slaughtered for human consumption for the disease since October 2001.

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