BSE case confirmed in Alberta, Canada

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It is the first confirmed case in the country since 2011
It is the first confirmed case in the country since 2011

Related tags: Bovine spongiform encephalopathy

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed that bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been discovered in a beef cow, in Alberta.

It is the first confirmed case in the country since 2011, and was picked up via Canada’s national BSE surveillance program, which analyses 30,000 samples annually.

Investigations into how the animal became infected will focus on the feed supplied during the first year of its life.

The Agency said it would also trace all animals of equivalent risk. These animals will then be destroyed and tested for BSE.

The CFIA confirmed that no part of the animal’s carcase had entered the human food chain or animal feed systems.

Following the discovery of BSE, South Korea has suspended the import of Canadian beef, pending further information on the case.

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BSE Finding

Posted by John Masswohl,

In response to Darlene - The standard practice on the CFIA investigation is to first identify when the animal was born. This is important because cattle generally contract BSE from eating contaminated feed during their first year of life. So when they know when the subject cow was born, they will trace to see if any other cattle from the same herd born around the same time are still alive because they likely would have eaten the same feed...and if there are, then those are the ones they will euthanize and test for BSE.

Regarding Korea, exports had not regained to the same level as in 2002 because of a tariff disadvantage to the US, who have had an FTA with Korea since 2012. Canada just implemented an FTA with Korea last month are exports were expected to climb over the next number of years. We expect the suspension of Canadian beef imports by Korea will not last long once they are informed of CFIA's investigation results.

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BSE Finding

Posted by Darlene Linneberg,

Disease found in one animal. How strong was our export market to the South Korean trade and were any other exports affected? Was the whole heard needed to be put down or just the one animal affected. Is this disease transferable or just affected animal by ingestion?Individual infection?

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