Canada is dealing with another isolated case of mad cow
For the fifth time since May 2003, a Canadian cow has tested
positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, commonly referred to as
A U.S. ban on Canadian beef lasted until 2005, when the two
countries re-opened trade for animals older than 30 months.
Canada initiated a program that has tested more than 100,000
animals. Officials believe the latest case in the Fraser Valley in British Columbia is isolated, tracing back to before strict feed restrictions were imposed
The disease is transmitted through the brains and spinal
cords of affected animals that can re-enter the food chain. Feeding
restrictions prohibit brains and spinal cords from re-entering cattle food
A movement by cattlemen’s associations to re-open trade for
animals younger than 30 months will be delayed until the current investigation
is completed, CTV News reported.
Great Britain has had several mad cow scares and even some
human deaths blamed on the disease.