News last update:7 Aug 2012

Milk may caused BSE outbreaks in Japan

Some of the BSE cases in Japan may be linked to milk containing Dutch-made fat, according to an investigation by Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The investigations examined 32 of the 33 animals in Japan confirmed to be infected with BSE. The ministry said the disease found in 13 of those animals was highly attributed to alternative milk made from powdered animal fat produced by a feed plant in the Netherlands, according to Kyodo News service. The 13 cows were born in the Hokkaido or Kanto regions between 1995 and 1996.

Not definite
Alternative milk, which uses mostly skim milk as its basic ingredient, is fed to baby cows up to seven weeks after they're born. The ministry added that the results of the investigations are not definite, as Dutch and other reports have denied animal fat as a cause of BSE, Kyodo reported.

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