China notified Brazil yesterday that it will resume imports of Brazilian beef, which were suspended on June 3.
In accordance with a sanitary protocol signed with China, Brazil has suspended beef shipments after an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) was detected, which was confirmed and reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on May 31.
Differently from classical BSE, the atypical form of the disease occurs spontaneously and occasionally in all cattle populations of the world, and is not caused by contaminated feed. Detection is the result of continuous monitoring within the scope of the National BSE Prevention and Surveillance Program.
Since 2015, the OIE has no longer taken into consideration this occurrence when recognizing a country's sanitary status. Brazil continues to be recognized by the OIE as having a negligible BSE risk, the most favorable category assigned by the Organization.