August 22, 2008
August 22, 2008 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a 6-year-old cow from Alberta on Aug. 15. BSE in Canada was discovered in 2003, and since then, 15 cases of BSE have been detected through Canada's national BSE surveillance program. The recent BSE detection in Alberta is the third case discovered so far this year.
The CFIA's reports have indicated that no part of the animal's carcass has entered the human food or animal feed systems. Further investigations are currently being undertaken by the CFIA in order to identify possible sources of infection.
Canada continues to remain a Controlled Risk country for BSE, as recognized by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), with the recent case of BSE not affecting Canada's status, and reportedly not expected to affect Canadian beef and veal exports. Reprinted from Meat and Livestock Australia