China suspends Brazilian beef imports due to BSE

Brazil
Published:  04 June, 2019

The suspension comes after a case of mad cow disease was reported in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso.

Just as Brazilian beef exports recover after the rotten meat scandal brought to light in March 2017, the sector suffers another blow with a declared case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease. According to the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA), China is the only country to have temporarily banned Brazilian beef imports.

Meat cargoes shipped after May 30 must be returned to producers or redirected to other destinations. Considered by the Ministry as an “atypical” case since the animal supposedly contracted the neurological disease spontaneously instead of through contaminated meat-and-bone meal, the cow in question was aged 17 years.

China is the largest destination for Brazilian beef, accounting for about 20% of total exports. Shares of meatpacker Minerva and JBS were down 2.2% and 2.4%, respectively at the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange.

Sources: Bloomberg/Global Meat News