Overseas markets are being extra cautious about Canadian beef until an investigation has been completed into the latest case of BSE, commonly called "mad cow disease." The current incident was detected on Feb. 7, and confirmed on Feb. 11 by the CFIA.
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.