Fear of BSE leads to Japanese food recalls

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Japan's Health Ministry said on Friday it asked domestic food
makers to recall processed food products if they could not confirm
that the products were free of cow parts that may be unsafe.

Japan's Health Ministry said on Friday it asked domestic food makers to recall processed food products if they could not confirm that the products were free of cow parts that may be unsafe. The move was made to ease growing public fears following Japan's first outbreak of mad cow disease. The ministry also asked the food makers not to use the unsafe parts - brains, spinal cords, eyes and a tip of the small intestine - in their processed food products, a ministry official said. "This will be effective from today,"​he said. The discovery of the brain-wasting disease was made public on September 10 after a Holstein dairy cow on a farm in Chiba near Tokyo tested positive. Later tests in Britain confirmed the outbreak of the disease, the first in Asia.

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