BSE Testing in Japan Reviewed01 May 2013
JAPAN - Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) has asked municipal Governments to review their current BSE testing protocols, following its decision to change the inspection age of domestic cattle to older than 48 months.
Meat and Livestock Australia said that the request was made on the back of the local authorities continuing to test all cattle for BSE, despite previous announcements by the Ministry.
Japan’s requirement for BSE testing had been changed from all cattle to under 21 months in 2008, then to under 31 months in April this year, and is scheduled to be modified again to older than 48 months from 1 July.
The Prion Expert Investigation Committee of Japan also endorsed the use of meat and bone meals derived from domestic cattle as fertiliser, with conditions that it must not contain specified risk materials (SRMs) and shouldn’t be used as animal feed.
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