AUSTRALIA: Australia suspends imports of Japanese beef following confirmation of BSE case
Australia today confirmed the suspension of importation of Japanese beef and beef products following the formal confirmation of a case of BSE (mad cow disease) in a Japanese dairy cow. This action is being taken by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS). Professor Dick Smallwood, Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer, said that the risks from Japanese beef were extremely low but the suspension was in line with Australia' s tough restrictions on beef from countries affected by BSE.
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