Canada Confirms New Case of BSE in Dairy Cow

May 17, 2009 07:00 PM

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in an 80-month-old dairy cow from Alberta.

No part of the animal's carcass entered the human food or animal feed systems. The animal's birth farm has been identified, and an investigation is underway.

The age and location of the infected animal are consistent with previous cases detected in Canada. This case was detected through the national BSE surveillance program, which continues to play an important role in Canada's strategy to manage BSE.

Canada remains a Controlled Risk country for BSE, as recognized by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Accordingly, this case should not affect exports of Canadian cattle or beef.

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