Tsutomu Takebe, Japanese Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, admitted last Sunday that he is still not sure whether all meat and bone meal animal feed would be banned. Following the confirmation of the first case of BSE in the country on 10 September, in a cow bred on a farm on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido, many have called for a complete ban on MBM because it is generally thought to cause the spread of the disease.