The fear of mad cow disease kept European beef far from many dinner plates around the world. But the European Union's efforts to eradicate BSE seem to be bearing fruit. Many countries are starting to import beef again - the latest being Canada.
France's agriculture ministry has said a cow in the Ardennes region tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease. It's the third confirmed case in Europe since 2015.
Brazil's beef industry has been thrown into turmoil after the US banned imports of fresh meat over safety concerns. Closure of the US markets is likely to hurt Brazilian beef exports to other markets.
The European Union achieved record food exports in 2016, with the USA and China being its main markets. Food imports, however, slumped in the period, contributing significantly to the bloc's growing trade surplus.
Amid a corruption scandal over the sale of rotten food, China has put a stop to the import of meat from Brazil. The EU may follow soon. Brazil’s government is trying to assure consumers there has been no health risks.
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