TOKYO (AP)--Japan has confirmed its 28th case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in a Holstein raised at a farm in northern Japan, the Agriculture Ministry said Aug. 11.

The 6 1/2-year-old dairy cow in Japan's northern island state of Hokkaido tested positive for the disease Aug. 11, the ministry said in a statement. The infected cow was the 28th since Japan's first case of BSE was detected in 2001.

The animal will be destroyed and incinerated so that any parts from it will not be circulated for consumption or used as feed, the ministry said.

Sales of American beef resumed this week for the first time since January, after Tokyo's July 27 announcement easing its latest ban on U.S. beef imports over BSE fears.

Japan initially banned American beef imports in December 2003 after the first case of BSE in the U.S. The ban was once eased in December 2005, but was reimposed after prohibited spinal bones were found in veal shipment.

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