Canada's 11th case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow
disease, has been confirmed. It is Canda's third BSE case this year.
The disease was found in a 13-year-old beef cow from
Alberta, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced. "The animal's
carcass is under CFIA control, and no part of it entered the human food or
animal feed systems," the agency said in a news release.
The cow's age means it was born before
Canada and the United States banned the use of ruminant animal protein in cattle
feed in 1997. Canada's latest BSE precaution was to ban the use of
cattle-derived "specified risk materials," such as the brain and spinal cord,
from animal feeds, pet foods, and fertilizers. The ban took effect Jul 12. US
officials have been considering a similar step for more than 2 years. Both
countries banned specified risk materials from human food previously.
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