The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed another case of BSE in a six-year-old beef cow in Alberta. The infected cow, detected via Canada’s national BSE surveillance program, is the 15th case of BSE in Canada and the third case this year.
CFIA says no part of the animal’s carcass entered the human food or animal feed systems. The animal’s birth farm has been identified, and an investigation is underway, including a tracing of herdmates at the time of the animal’s birth and examining possible sources of infection. The age and location of the infected animal are consistent with previous cases detected in Canada, CFIA says.
Canada remains a Controlled Risk country for BSE, as recognized by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). Accordingly, this case should not affect exports of Canadian cattle or beef.