Another case of BSE in Canada

19 December 2007

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed the diagnosis of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in a 13-year-old beef cow from Alberta, stating that the agency has the animal's carcase under its control and no part of it entered the human food or animal feed systems. The latest discovery marks the 11th case of BSE in Canada since its first in a native-born animal in May 2003, which prompted many export markets to ban Canadian beef.

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.

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