Pro Farmer Editors
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed bovine spongiform
encephalopathy (BSE) in a cow in the Province of British Columbia. This case
poses no risk to human or animal health since Canadas stringent BSE safeguards
prevented any part of the animals carcass from entering the human food
chain or any potentially infective parts of the animals carcass from entering
the animal feed chain, says the agency.
The animal was detected through Canadas national BSE surveillance program.
The CFIA has launched a comprehensive investigation in an effort to determine
the birth farm of the animal.
Canadas enhanced feed ban, introduced last summer, virtually eliminates
the potential spread of BSE through the animal feed chain and places Canada
on an accelerated path to eliminate BSE. As the level of BSE continues to decline,
the periodic detection of a small number of cases is fully expected in line
with the experience of other countries. Concurrently, Canadas food safety
system maintains the highest levels of human health protection.
The national surveillance program, which targets the highest risk animals,
has tested more than 220,000 cattle since 2003. The program continues to benefit
from very strong producer participation.
The detection of this animal does not affect Canadas status as a BSE
controlled risk country as recognized by the World Organization for Animal Health