Last Friday, officials with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced that bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) had been confirmed in a beef cow from Alberta. The last reported case of BSE in Canada was in 2011, according to Reuters.
However, Canadian officials say the discovery shouldn’t affect Canada’s beef exports, worth around $1.6 billion (U.S.) per year. CFIA officials also say no part of the animal entered the human or animal food chain.
A spokeswoman for the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said the discovery and reporting of the case showed the surveillance system is working. She said Canada had a "controlled risk" status, which would not be endangered by the discovery.
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