The committee also ordered the marking of meat-and-bone meal
and animal fat from rendering plants processing black and yellow packaged by-products.
A cow confirmed in January as Japan's 22nd case of mad cow disease was fed with meat-and-bone meal
, the Hokkaido government said Thursday.
Nearly half this meat-and-bone meal
came from the Indian sub-continent.
With the recognition that BSE had spread in the United Kingdom and many other countries through feeding contaminated mammalian meat-and-bone meal
to ruminants, a ban on this practice was instigated in the European Union in 1994.
The British government warned Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in 1990 that meat-and-bone meal
(MBM), an animal-based feed, could be the source of mad cow disease, a farm ministry report to a study panel revealed Tuesday.
The farm ministry plans to introduce genetic testing, possibly by the end of this year, to ensure that cattle feed contains no meat-and-bone meal
(MBM) from cows, a suspected cause of mad cow disease, ministry officials said Monday.
Apparently, mad cow disease is caused by feeding cattle meat-and-bone meal
composed of the bodies of cattle already affected with mad cow disease, or sheep with a similar disease called scrapie.
Believe it or not, in the last 18 months 12,000 tonnes of Republican cow meat-and-bone meal
, technically described as "specific risk material" in the current BSE scare, has been exported to NI and buried at a so-far unidentified council landfill site here.
meat industry said that it would stop giving cows the same kind of meat-and-bone meal
that might have caused BSE to spread in Great Britain.
The feed blend was produced at the factory in Kushiro, Hokkaido, of feed maker Hokuren Kumiai Shiryo, which was also producing feed for chickens and pigs, including meat-and-bone meal
, on the same line producing feed for cows.
The move comes after the government drew public criticism for its failure to prevent mad cow disease from spreading to Japan by curbing production and import of meat-and-bone meal
, a cattle supplement made from cow parts that is suspected to be the main cause of the brain-wasting illness.
4 ban on the distribution and use of meat-and-bone meal
, a protein feed made from crushed internal organs and bones of cows, as it is a suspected source of mad cow disease.