The story of ‘mad-cow’ disease has been closely followed by the media in Brazil with a nagging concern that it could happen here. Beef is big business in Brazil, there are 169 million head of cattle, a high beef consumption (35 kg per person per year) and a thriving export trade; indeed Brazil is one of the main providers of corned beef to the UK. If BSE were to be found in Brazilian cattle it would be a massive problem. However, before the investigative journalists had a chance to dirty their boots on the nearest cattle ranch, a respected authority was quoted as saying that there had been no reported cases of BSE in Brazil and since cattle were not fed protein that came from other animals, the risk of it developing was extremely low.
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