Authorities identify suspected case of “mad cow” disease in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state

The news triggered a downward movement in the fat cattle futures contracts at B3 and the physical market due to greater caution in the sector regarding a possible restriction on Brazilian beef exports.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian authorities have identified a case of atypical "mad cow" disease (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy) in an animal more than 10 years old in Minas Gerais, said the partner-director of Scot Consultoria, Alcides Torres.

He reported that the suspicion was reported to the slaughterhouses operating in the region by the Federal Inspection Service (SIF). As usual, the Ministry of Agriculture has already collected animal samples and sent them to a laboratory of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in Canada for more detailed analysis, according to Torres.

The disease is considered atypical when it originates . . .

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