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Dozens of new BSE cases suspected in Japan

10 February 2006

JAPAN - Media reports out of Tokyo warn that Japan may now be dealing with more than forty new cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy. According to Japanese wire reports, a farm in Hokkaido is suspected of having 45 cows that are positive for the brain-wasting disease. The announcement follows news late last month that a cow on the same farm had died from the disease. Japanese officials now say they will incinerate the additional suspect animals. In total, the farmer is believed to have more than 400 cattle on the operations. Some media reports indicate the cattle may have been fed bone meal despite a ban on the practice that was enacted in 2001. Source: Brownfield Network



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