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OIE Eases Japan's Status

28 May 2009

JAPAN — The world animal health body OIE said on Tuesday it had eased Japan's status on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease to “controlled risk,” a move that should boost meat trade with the Asian country.

“This official categorisation of Japan and of other OIE listed countries contributes to the safety of international trade,” OIE Director General Bernard Vallat told Reuters.

“It also provides guarantees to the consumers because it is the proof that these countries have applied the measures recommended by the OIE based on its adopted standards - to prevent risks to public and animal health,” he added.

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Source: SignOnSanDiego

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