The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) today confirmed bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in an approximately six-year-old cross-bred cow born and raised in
This finding is not unexpected and was identified through
The geographic location and age of this animal are consistent with the three domestic cases previously detected through the national BSE surveillance program and the current understanding of BSE in
Food safety remains protected through the removal of specified risk material (SRM) from all cattle slaughtered for human food in
The CFIA, working collaboratively with the producer and the Province of Alberta, has launched a comprehensive investigation into the feeding regime and storage practices employed on the farm, as well as the production and source of feeds delivered to the farm. Consistent with international standards, the CFIA will identify cattle born on the farm within 12 months before and after the affected animal, as well as offspring of the affected animal born during the last two years. Any live animals found from these groups will be segregated and tested.
Definitive conclusions regarding the source of infectivity cannot be made until the investigation is complete; however, it is probable that the source is contaminated feed. This scenario is consistent with
This detection is consistent with a low level of disease and does not indicate an increased risk of BSE in
As the investigation progresses, the CFIA will provide Canadians with regular updates. Information will be posted to the CFIA’s Website as it becomes available.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency