- KUALA LUMPUR (IRNA)
- Malaysia's Agriculture Ministry has directed the Veterinary Services
Department to be on the alert following a report that two people in Thailand
have been infected with "mad cow" disease.
- Deputy Minister Mohd Shariff Omar said on Monday that
the department should take stringent measures to check the movement of
cattle at the Thai-Malaysian border to ensure the disease does not break
out in the country.
- He said the department should strictly follow quarantine
procedures and liaise with its Thai counterpart to determine the source
of the brain-wasting disease considering the fact that Thailand is a beef
supplier for Malaysia.
- "The department should also check whether farmers
in Thailand feed their livestock with bone meal from Europe, which we have
stopped giving our cattle," he said.
- "We are not taking any chances although Thailand
banned the import of beef from seven European countries two weeks ago,"
- Mohd Shariff said the government had banned the import
of beef and bone meal when news of the deadly disease first surfaced.
- The disease, officially known as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy,
is believed to be spread through infected cows fed with animal feed.
- Malaysia, he said, buys its beef and animal feed supplies
from Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
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