Nicaragua Requests Beef Certification

The country is claiming to be free of the disease known as ‘Mad Cow Syndrome’.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Government representatives have asked the Animal Health Agency to grant the country a rating of "negligible risk" for the disease Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), known as ‘Mad Cow Disease’.

In Central America the only country with this classification is Panama. In the rest of the region, countries like the United States and Mexico hold the category of ‘controlled risk’.

Augustus Gordon, coordinator of the BSE Group at MAGFOR said in the article in that "the technical argument is that production systems are safe, we do not feed to ruminants products (meal made of flesh and bones) to ruminants, cows do not eat cows, only grass. The certification will help the country to increase exports of the meat, which last September totaled $269 million, according to the Center for Exports. "

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A press release from the Ministry of Agricultural Development of Panama states:

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