Studies on Food Safety and Infectious Disease in Eastern Asia; by Means of Diagnosis and Epidemiology.

Research Project , Research Report 2008

Takashi ONODERA Professor, Department of Animal Resource Science, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Tokyo


After the detection of the first case of BSE in September 2001, Japan introduced a variety of measures to protect public and animal health. Of these, the most important was removal of specified risk materials (SRM) such as brain and spinal cord; ban on the uses of meat and bone meal (MBM) for feed and fertilizer; and enhancement of surveillance on farms and; and testing of cattle slaughtered in abattoirs for human consumption. In Asian countries there are also considerable risks of further introducing infectious materials, given the global trade in animal feed and animal products. FAO said that no country can claim to be BSE-free, unless this claim is validated through internationally recognized survey methods. Japanese Government is urged to carry out a proper collaboration and to keep risk animals and materials out of the food chain and to strictly apply the preventive measures:


beef, BSE, meat-and bone meal, prion, risk analysis