Egypt, Peru Ban Beef Imports
News: Egypt and Peru have banned beef imports from Brazil after a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was confirmed in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, a major beef producing region. Peru has imposed a ban on all Brazilian beef for a temporary period of 180 days, while Egypt has imposed a ban on beef from Mato Grosso for six months. It has been around a year and a half since atypical BSE was detected in Brazil's Parana state; the source of the current infection remains unidentified. Investigations have found only one case of the atypical form of the disease, according to a report by the World Organisation for Animal Health.