Responding to concern over the nation's first case of "mad cow" disease, Japan banned the domestic distribution of cattle feed made with recycled cow parts. Imported meat-and-bone meal had previously been banned.
The move, which takes effect Thursday, also bars the use of domestic and imported meat-and-bone meal in fertilizers, the Agriculture Ministry said.
A cow in central Japan was found last month to have bovine spongiform encephalopathy. Investigators believe it contracted the disease by eating infected animal feed.