Saudi Arabia suspends purchases from 5 meatpacking plants in Brazil after “mad cow disease” cases

All plants are based in Minas Gerais, where suspicion of the disease was first reported in early September. An animal in Mato Grosso has also been diagnosed.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The two atypical "mad cow" disease cases registered in Brazil this month led Saudi Arabia to suspend beef exports from 5 Brazilian meatpacking plants.

Brazil was notified of the suspension by the agricultural attaché in Riyadh, capital of the Arab country, on September 9, with effect from September 6. "The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) reports that the suspension has been published by Saudi Arabia. Yes, the reason is related to BSE [Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, mad cow disease]," the Ministry confirmed.

The measure differs from that taken on September 4, when the Brazilian government . . .

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