Brazil has retained its ‘negligible risk’ status for BSE.
At its recent bi-annual meeting earlier this month, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)’s Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases confirmed that it will not withdraw Brazil’s ‘negligible risk’ status for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
Briefed by a Brazilian delegation on the sequence of events leading to the notification of a single case of BSE to the OIE, which had resulted in import bans on Brazilian beef – from five countries, the Commission concluded “in accordance with the standards of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code”, not to withdraw the status level.
The Commission also affirmed that the identification of the single case of BSE is not putting the country’s or its trading partners animal and public health at risk, notably because the animal was destroyed and no parts of it entered the food or feed chain.
Concern was noted, however, over delays in Brazil sending clinical samples for testing at an OIE Reference Laboratory and the Commission asked for more information, to be presented before the next meeting in September this year, about procedures in place in the country.