Korea Seeks New Mad Cow Disease Rating

Updated Mar.19,2009

Source of Article:  http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200903/200903190014.html


Korea now qualifies as a controlled risk country for mad cow disease under the regulations of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said Tuesday. The ministry will apply for a reclassification in July.

The OIE classifies its member countries into three grades for BSE. Ten including Australia and New Zealand are classified "negligible risk"; 31 such as Canada, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S. "controlled risk" and Korea and others "undetermined risk."

The classification is determined by how many BSE-risk cattle are tested and if cattle are fed with feed that contains ruminant protein. Korea applied to the OIE for a reclassification in 2007 but was told it had neither tested enough cattle nor given a sufficient account of its ban on animal feed.

The ministry said it has now accumulated 302,000 BSE surveillance points, exceeding requirements of 300,000 points, by concentrating on testing BSE-risk cattle until February. It had also confirmed that there had been no manufacturing of feed that contained cattle parts.

 

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