by David Ljunggren
OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada, a major exporter of beef, said on Friday it had found a case of mad cow disease in a beef cow in the province of Alberta, the first in the country since 2011.
A statement from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said no part of the cow had reached the human food or animal feed systems and said exports should not be harmed. Mad cow is formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a progressive, fatal neurological disease.
“The CFIA is seeking to confirm the age of the animal, its history and how it became infected. The investigation will focus in on the feed supplied to this animal during the first year of its life,” the agency said.
Canadian exports were badly hit in 2003 after the first case of BSE was found on a farm. Canada subsequently tightened its controls and many nations have since resumed the beef trade with Canada, despite the discovery of more cases since then.
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