Nicaragua with negligible risk for mad cow disease

Now you can sell bone-in cuts and bone-in meat meal to more countries. Since October, Venezuela, which had established itself as the second market for meat, stopped buying this product. THE PRESS / ARCHIVE

Nicaragua yesterday removed one of the many obstacles it faces in placing its meat products on the international market. The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) changed its status from moderate risk – which it had since 2012 – to negligible risk for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), popularly known as mad cow disease.

This change will allow meat and bone meal and bone cuts to be sent to countries that maintain insignificant status for BSE as a requirement to enter their markets, confirmed Raul Barrios, president of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Bovine Meat Exporting Plants (Canicarne). 

Given that this disease is transmitted through “nervous bones and tissues, some countries require negligible risk as a requirement for these two products to enter their markets, although not for meat and other cuts,” Barrios explained.