Lost amongst the Europe-wide furore concerning the discovery of horsemeat in processed foods, on February 14 the European Union quietly announced a partial lifting of the ban on animal proteins in feedstuffs.
The mad cow found in the USA in late April was infected with a rare type of brain disease. On one hand, scientists are concerned with the infectious nature of the disease; on the other, government agencies play down the cow as an 'isolated event'.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a six-year-old dairy cow from Alberta. The animal's carcass is under CFIA control, and no part of it entered the human food or animal feed systems.