Numerous press reports indicate that Japanâ€™s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has confirmed its 22nd bovine spongiform encephalopathy case in a 5-year-and-4-month-old cow that died last week on a Hokkaido farm.
According to the reports, Japanese officials say the cow was born in September 2000, before Japanâ€™s 2001 feed control rules took effect. An investigation is now under way.
News of the case comes just days after Japan suspended U.S. beef imports when a shipment of U.S. veal containing bones not approved under a U.S.-Japan agreement arrived at Narita Airport in Japan.
The U.S. and Japan resumed two-way beef trade in December.