From: TSS ()
Subject: update on GWs BSE/TSE MRR policy on legal trading of all strains of TSE i.e. Canadian Cow update
Date: September 1, 2005 at 9:35 am PST
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
BSE in North America
Latest Information (as of September 1, 2005 - 10:00 EDST)
On August 3, a Canadian animal was slaughtered in the United States that was about one month over the 30-month age limit for export eligibility.
The animal was not processed according to U.S. SRM removal procedures required for animals over 30 months of age and the American company involved issued a food recall for related products on August 19.
The related CFIA investigation is now complete and we are taking remedial action on two tracks. At this point, we have suspended the accreditation of the private veterinarian who inspected the animal in question. Also, the CFIA will not issue any more export certificates to the Canadian exporter who shipped the cow until further notice.
Accredited private-sector veterinarians who act on behalf of the CFIA in this program and exporters are being reminded that there will be zero tolerance by the CFIA for any non-compliance with U.S. import requirements.
We are exploring ways to minimize incidents of non-compliance in the future, including enhancing the tools that we use to monitor the performance of accredited veterinarians in fulfilling their important roles.
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