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Japan has confirmed that it has identified a 14th case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), better known as mad cow disease, in that country. It is the second case to be found in just a month.

The announcement comes as the US and Japan negotiate over the possible relaxation of the Japanese ban on US beef imports, imposed when a single case of mad cow disease was found in the US. Japanese officials have been concerned that the US testing standards don’t live up to the Japanese standard; in Japan, every cow is tested, while in the US, only 40,000 out of 36 million cattle are expected to be tested this year.
KC's View:
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again.

The math doesn’t add up to smart policy. Japan tests every cow, and finds 14 cases to date. We test a small fraction of our cows, and remain convinced that only one cow in the entire country was infected.

Sorry. We’re not buying.