In May of this year Canada was declared a controlled-risk country for BSE by the WTO, acknowledging the effectiveness of its controls and effectively allowing the export of beef from Canadian cattle of any age.This case should not affect Canada’s risk status. The animal involved in this latest case was born before Canada banned the use of specified risk materials in feed in 1997. In July,Canada enhanced the 1997 feed ban, barring SRMs from all animal feed, pet food and fertilizer.