BRASILIA – The Brazilian government announced on June 13 that it lifted a suspension of beef exports to China following a temporary suspension due to the detection of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

The suspension began when the agricultural ministry reported a BSE case on June 4 in a 17-year-old beef cow in the state of Mato Grosso. 

“As is known, unlike the classical form of the disease, the atypical form occurs spontaneously and sporadically in all bovine populations of the world and is not related to the ingestion of contaminated foods,” the agency said in a statement. “Detection is the result of active monitoring under the National BSE Prevention and Surveillance Program (PNEEB).”

The Brazilian agriculture minister Tereza Cristina Dias also released a video statement on the topic. 


The World Animal Health Organization (OIE) also said there will be no change in Brazil’s BSE risk classification for the disease and no additional reporting on the case.