Bloomberg reports that Germany found a case of mad cow disease in a slaughtered bovine, the country’s first case since 2009, according to an alert to the World Organization for Animal Health, or OIE.
The 10-year-old cow, which did not show any clinical signs of the disease, was destroyed, Germany’s Food & Agriculture Ministry wrote in a notification to the Paris-based OIE dated yesterday. The animal didn’t enter the human food chain, according to the notice.
Mad cow disease, officially called bovine spongiform encephalopathy, can cause a human form known as variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The rare and fatal neurological condition is linked to the consumption of meat from sick cattle.
According Taiwanese press reports, Taiwan is to allow bone-in beef products from cattle under 30 months of age to be imported from Canada as soon as next month, but cattle skulls, eyes, brains, spinal cords and ground meat remain banned to minimize the risks of bovine spongiform encephalopathy — also known as mad cow disease — the Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs said.