Notice to the Market – Note of Clarification about news in the press today
Barretos, December 7, 2012 – Minerva S.A. (BOVESPA: BEEF3; Bloomberg: BEEF3.BZ; Reuters: BEEF3.SA), one of the leaders in South America in the production and sale of fresh beef, live cattle and cattle byproducts, with operations also in the beef, pork and poultry processing segments, hereby informs its shareholders and the market in general that in response to reports in a few communication channels, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil today clarified the following:
With regard to the death of a cow in Paraná state:
1) This case occurred in 2010 in Paraná;
2) It was detected that the animal carried the agent that causes Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) (commonly known as the mad cow disease) but neither manifested the disease nor died because of it;
3) The episode does not reflect any risk whatsoever to public health or animal health, considering that the animal did not die as a result of said disease;
4) The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has officially classified Brazil as a country with insignificant risk of BSE;
5) BSE does not exist in Brazil.
We emphasize that the cattle in Brazil is predominantly grass feed and that the incidence of the disease is related to ingestion by the cattle of animal products, which is forbidden in Brazil.
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