BSE Confirmed in Canadian Cow

BSE Confirmed in Canadian Cow

Canadian officials have confirmed a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a beef cow.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) released a statement late Thursday night the cow was from Alberta and that none of the carcass had entered the animal feed or human food supply.

CFIA is still investigating the age of the cow, history and how it was infected. Primary focus will be placed on the feed ingested by the animal during the first year of life. Other animals will also be traced back to see if there is any equivalent risk for BSE. Any similar animals will be destroyed and tested for BSE.

Currently, Canada is a "controlled BSE risk" country, according to the World Organization for Animal Health. Officials believe the case of BSE will not affect foreign trade.

It has been just over 11 years since "the cow that stole Christmas" was discovered in the United States. That cow similarly came from Alberta as it was born on a dairy and then shipped to Washington.

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Spell Check

garrison, ND
2/13/2015 04:55 PM

  I agree COOL has its place. The consumer has a right to know the country of origin.

Kearney, NE
2/14/2015 08:27 AM

  You simply have to love NAFTA and the backstabbing groups "for" American producers such as the NCBA, and the pork producers who want to destroy COOL and declare a "North American meat industry" instead of doing their job of protecting the interests of American producers. As the article states, the "cow that stole Christmas" 11yrs ago came from Canada. Without NAFTA, that cow would have remained Canada's case of BSE and not have become "ours". With "friends" like the NCBA, Pork Producers, and Farm Bureau lobbying on "our" behalf, who needs enemies?

Altoona, KS
2/13/2015 04:16 PM

  And that's why I believe Americans have the right to know where their beef comes from. I support COOL.


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