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 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.
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.
The reason for the ban is that fishmeal could be contaminated during transport, or even deliberately mixed with meat-and-bone meal
to make it cheaper.
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.
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.
Japan's fish meal association said Wednesday it will step up security measures to prevent meat-and-bone meal
(MBM) from cows, a suspected cause of mad cow disease, being mixed into their fish feed products.
Japanese livestock farmers widely gave to cows a type of feed made from a mixture of powdered fish meal and meat-and-bone meal
(MBM) until the government prohibited the use of MBM in September for its suspected link to mad cow disease, industry sources said Wednesday.