|A shopper in a Taipei supermarket takes a close look at a label on New Zealand beef|
Taipei said Saturday, the ban would take effect immediately. The suspension comes about two months after the island lifted a previous ban imposed after an infected cow imported from Canada was discovered in December of 2003 in the western state of Washington.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said Friday that a laboratory in England had confirmed a second animal has the disease, formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE.
Mr. Johanns said human health was not at risk, because the animal never entered the food chain.
A human form of the brain-wasting disease in Britain and elsewhere has been linked to eating meat from infected cattle.
Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.