BSE confirmed in Canadian dairy cow

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OTTAWA — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a 6-year-old dairy cow from Alberta, Canada.

The animal’s carcass is under the agency’s control, and no part of it entered the human food or animal feed systems.

The inspection agency has confirmed the animal’s birthdate as Dec. 21, 2001. Its age and location are consistent with previous cases detected in Canada.

Based on science, it is not expected that this case should impact access to any of Canada’s current international markets for cattle and beef.

An epidemiological investigation directed by international guidelines is under way to identify the animal’s herdmates at the time of birth and potential pathways by which it might have become infected.

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