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Japan eases testing for mad cow disease

03 August 2005

JAPAN - The government eased Japan's blanket testing of cattle for mad cow disease on Monday, a move that may pave the way for the resumption of US and Canadian beef imports. With the step, cattle slaughtered at 20 months of age or younger can be excluded from blanket testing for the brain-wasting disease, formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy. The eased testing resulted from amendments to the anti-BSE law, which raised the lower age limit on testing of slaughtered cows to 21 months from zero. Source: theage.com.au



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