New BSE case found in Canada

Nov 4, 2008
New BSE case found in Canada

—Industry groups react The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recently announced it has confirmed the presence of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a 6-year-old beef cow from Alberta. The agency maintains that no part of the animal has entered human food or animal feed systems. This latest discovery marks the 15th case of BSE detected in Canada.

The farm where the animal was born has been identified, and CFIA says inspections of the farm are underway. The case was de tected through CFIA’s national BSE surveillance program, which the agency says has played an important role in demonstrating the low level of BSE’s prevalence in the country. Canada will maintain its controlled risk status as awarded by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the new finding will not affect exports of Canadian cattle or beef. Reactions from industry groups in the U.S. varied widely, as some were comfortable with the U.S. safeguards against BSE while oth ers blamed USDA for placing the U.S. beef industry at unnecessary risk.

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