Japanese meat processor Nippon Shokuhin has filed for bankruptcy protection following difficulties related to an outbreak of BSE in Japan and the Snow Brand mislabelling meat scandal. Nippon Shokuhin joins a long list of 62 companies that have gone bankrupt following the mad cow disease outbreak, with their combined debts amounting to ¥38.7bn (US$322m), an official of research firm Teikoku Data Bank told is reported as saying. Nippon Shokuhin's debt is said to be the largest among these companies.