Japanese authorities have concluded that it is difficult to conceive that Dutch animal fat in milk powder led to BSE cases in Japan.
The Central Veterinary Institute in
also investigated the possible contamination link in Dutch BSE cows.
The institute concluded that the milk powder was absolutely not the cause of
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.
Milk may caused BSE outbreaks in Japan