News last update:6 Aug 2012

No link BSE in Japan and Dutch animal fat

Japanese authorities have concluded that it is difficult to conceive that Dutch animal fat in milk powder led to BSE cases in Japan.

Japanese research initially thought that animal fats (used in artificial milk powder) from the Netherlands have led to several BSE cases in Japan during the periods 1995-1996 and 1999-2001.

The Central Veterinary Institute in the Netherlands also investigated the possible contamination link in Dutch BSE cows. The institute concluded that the milk powder was absolutely not the cause of infection.

The conclusions from the Dutch research have been discussed with the Japanese veterinary authorities, says Dutch Agriculture Minster Verburg. In the latest communication (dated 14 December), the Japanese Ministry also doubts a possible link as a result of the conclusion from the Dutch report and also from conclusions drawn from EFSA that also questions the whole issue.

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