Canada Confirms New BSE Case

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the country’s 17th case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) since 2003, in a 6-year-old beef cow in the province of Alberta. No part of the animal’s carcass entered the human food or animal feed systems, according to the CFIA. Officials report that the birth farm of the cow has been identified and an investigation is under way.

The BSE case was detected via Canada’s national surveillance program. Canada remains a controlled risk country for BSE under World Health Organization (OIE) guidelines, so exports of Canadian cattle or beef are not likely to be affected.


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