Canada confirms 16th case of BSE


By Lisa M. Keefe on 11/18/2008


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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on Monday confirmed it had found bovine spongiform encephalopathy in a 7-year-old dairy cow from British Columbia.

The agency also reported that no part of the animal's carcass entered the human food or animal feed systems.

CFIA is investigating the source of the infection, including the animal's birth farm and herdmates. It says the age and the location of the infected animal are consistent with previous cases found in Canada.

Canada remains a Controlled Risk country for BSE, as determined by OIE, and so this announcement should not affect exports of cattle or beef from the country.

According to OIE, Canada has had 16 native-born cases of BSE: two in 2003, one each in 2004 and 2005, five cases in 2006, three in 2007 and four so far in 2008. Canada also had an imported case of BSE in 1993. 



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