Brazil suspends beef exports to China due to 'mad cow' case

Brazil is suspending beef exports to China after confirming a case of "mad cow disease," describing it as an isolated instance with no evidence of any widespread outbreak

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil is suspending beef exports to China after confirming a case of "mad cow disease," describing it as an isolated instance with no evidence of any widespread outbreak.

A spokesperson for Brazil's agriculture ministry said Monday the suspension of exports was implemented automatically after the case was confirmed. Such a step is required under the two countries' bilateral agreement.

The ministry said in a statement that the World Organization for Animal Health closed its investigation into the case Monday without altering Brazil's sanitary status. The organization was not immediately available to confirm.