Philippines Pauses Cattle Import from Brazil

The Philippines’ Department of Agriculture has called to a temporary suspension of imported 

cattle from Brazil. The ban, covers live cattle, meat, and cattle-derived meat products, is in response to an outbreak of Atypical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), in two Brazilian states in early September. Humans that consume meat tainted with BSE, known colloquially as “Mad Cow Disease,” may be at risk of developing human bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

There is cause for concern regarding the ban, as Brazil is the largest source of imported beef for the country. From January to August of this year, beef from Brazil account for 32.5 percent of imported beef, thanks to much lower prices compared to other countries. This ban will have a pass-on effect to consumers as market demand begins to outpace supply.

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