BSE Cow Found in Canada
At this point, the CFIA is seeking to confirm the age of the animal and how it became infected. The focus of the investigation will be on feed sources of this animal for the first year of its life.
Field reporter Greg Martin shares the statement from the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.
Martin: “The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association subscribes to the World Organization for Animal Health’s (OIE) science-based rules for trade. This finding will not impact Canada’s controlled risk status under the OIE achieved in 2007 and current exports of Canadian cattle and beef should not be impacted. Canadian beef gained this status due to Canada’s effective BSE surveillance, mitigation and eradication measures. This categorization allows for the safe trade in beef from cattle of all ages under conditions which Canada meets. The CCA has complete confidence in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the investigation underway. No part of the animal's carcass entered the human food or animal feed systems which are consistent with Canada’s control measures in place since 2003 and 2007, respectively.”