• Kyodo


The health ministry has requested that testing for mad cow disease be halted in July for all cattle under 48 months old as farmers continue to stick with blanket testing.

The move is based on a joint judgment by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry and the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry, which have decided there is no longer a need to check all cattle and that the higher age limit will not pose a public health risk.

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