Costa Rica Free of "Mad Cow Disease"

The World Organization for Animal Health has granted country certification with negligible risk of the disease bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

Monday, June 13, 2016

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica (MAG):

Costa Rica is known worldwide as a country with negligible risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), known as "mad cow" disease. This was established by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the competent authority in animal health, in its 84th Assembly held in May in France, and attended by about 850 participants, representing 180 member countries, many scientific personalities and around forty international, intergovernmental, regional and national organizations.

Costa Rica has therefore become one of the 41 certified countries in the world. This recognition enables a significant improvement in the country's health status, which reinforces the credibility of the surveillance, prevention and control of diseases in animals, and also strengthens existing relationships as well as opening up options for accessing new markets.

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