By Newsfeed/Reuters

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil has temporarily halted beef exports to China following an atypical case of mad cow disease in leading ranching state Mato Grosso, the Agriculture Ministry said on Monday.

China, Brazil’s largest beef customer by sales, spent US$1.5 (R$6) billion on Brazilian beef last year, totaling 322,400 tonnes or almost 20 percent of all shipments, according to local beef exporters association Abiec.

A representative of a leading exporter told Reuters on condition of anonymity that the ban was enforced as of Monday morning when the government formally halted the . . .

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