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Canada- Mad Cow Update

Recall that last Friday, a case of mad cow disease was confirmed in Canada.

Chester Dawson reported today at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “Canada said Wednesday a beef cow confirmed to have bovine spongiform encephalopathy was born in March 2009, two years after the country enacted a ban on cattle feed containing animal proteins in a bid to prevent the spread of the disease.”

The article explained that, “Officials said the cause is under investigation and no other diseased cattle have been detected.

“The case is being watched closely by Canada’s beef industry, which plays a large economic role in Western Canada and was severely affected by a trio of BSE infections first detected in 2003. That decade-old outbreak led the U.S. and other countries to temporarily close their borders to live cattle and beef from Canada.”

Mr. Dawson noted that, “Dr. Harpreet S. Kochhar, Canada’s chief veterinary officer, said the investigation will focus on tracking down the feed that the recently infected cow was fed.

“As a precaution, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said it has quarantined both the farm where the infected animal was found and the birth farm, both of which are located in northern Alberta near the provincial capital of Edmonton.”

“A representative for the U.S. Department of Agriculture said the U.S. isn’t expected to alter its trade policy with Canada,” today’s article said.

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