August 25, 2006
August 25, 2006 - On Wednesday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed its eighth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
The animal is from Alberta and is an 8 to 10-year-old cross-bred Charolais. Based on the age of the animal, it was likely exposed to the BSE agent before the 1997 feed ban or during its early implementation. No part of the animal entered the human or animal feed system.
"With the information currently available, we do not anticipate a change in the status of beef imports from Canada," stated Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns. "While our risk assessment anticipated multiple cases of BSE, we are confident that the interlocking safeguards in place in both countries are providing effective consumer protection."