OTTAWA — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly called mad cow disease, in an 80-month-old dairy cow from Alberta.
The announcement was made May 15.
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 under way. The age and location of the infected animal are consistent with previous cases detected in Canada.
This case was detected through the national BSE surveillance program.
The agency does not expect this case to affect exports of Canadian cattle or beef.