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New BSE Case Detected in Alberta Beef Cow

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) last week announced a new case of BSE in an Alberta beef cow.

No part of the cow entered the human food or animal feed systems, according to the agency. The new case is the first in Canada since 2011, and was effectively detected through the country's National BSE Surveillance Program.

"Canada's announcement that it has detected a case of BSE in an Alberta cow and that the animal did not enter the food chain shows that their nation's surveillance system is working," Meat Institute President and CEO Barry Carpenter said. "Results from an investigation into this case will help continue to strengthen the disease firewalls that have served North America well. We remain confident in the safety of Canadian beef."

CFIA will conduct additional laboratory tests and will collect further information on the animal, its offspring and its herd of origin. The investigation will also examine cattle that are at "equivalent risk" for BSE. In the meantime, South Korea has temporarily banned imports of Canadian beef as a precautionary measure. However, Canada remains listed as a "controlled BSE risk" country with the World Organization for Animal Health, and that designation is unlikely to change.

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