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From: TSS (216-119-144-81.ipset24.wt.net)
Subject: On Thursday, Canada said it had a suspected case of mad cow disease in a 10-year-old animal
Date: December 30, 2004 at 7:44 am PST

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Subject: On Thursday, Canada said it had a suspected case of mad cow disease in a 10-year-old animal
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2004 09:44:59 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@LISTSERV.KALIV.UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Another Mad Cow suspected in CAN

Mad cow case suspected, agency says

Thu, 30 Dec 2004

OTTAWA - A federal agency says it has found what may be another case of
mad cow disease – just one day after the U.S. announced plans to reopen
its border to live young cattle from Canada after a 19-month ban.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency raised the possibility of a new case
of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, early Thursday morning.

Preliminary tests finished on Wednesday showed positive results in a
10-year-old dairy cow, the agency said.

It offered few other details, except to warn that the findings aren't
conclusive. Final results are expected within three to five days.

Canadian officials said they normally wouldn't publicly release results
until the disease had been confirmed, but felt the U.S. plans warranted
the early warning.

"Given the unique situation created by the United States' border
announcement ... it was decided that the most prudent action would be to
publicly announce the available information and provide stakeholders
with a full understanding of the current situation," the agency said.

Less than 24 hours earlier, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said it
would reopen its border to nearly all Canadian exports of beef and live
cattle beginning March 7.

The department recognized Canada as a "minimal-risk region" for BSE, in
part because of measures taken to prevent the spread of the disease.

Canadian ranchers and feedlot operators reacted with relief to the
change, which would allow live animals under 30 months old and a wider
variety of cuts of beef to be shipped south.

Their industry plunged into crisis when the Americans imposed the ban in
May 2003, after a single case of BSE showed up in Alberta.

It isn't yet clear what impact the new suspected case will have, if any,
on the U.S. plans.

The Canadian agency said no part of the animal suspected of having the
disease entered the human-food or animal-feed chains.

Written by CBC News Online staff

cbc.ca

CAN beef to US despite cow

Suspect Mad Cow Case in Canada Won't Stop Trade-USDA

Thu Dec 30, 2004 09:54 AM ET

By Richard Cowan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Canada's latest possible case of mad cow disease
is not expected to cause the United States to rescind its plans to
resume imports of Canadian live cattle, a U.S. Department of Agriculture
official said on Thursday.

"We don't anticipate it would have any impact," said USDA spokeswoman
Alisa Harrison.

During a long agency review of whether to reopen the U.S. border to
Canadian live cattle, Harrison said, regulators took into account the
possibility of additional cases of mad cow disease in Canada and steps
Ottawa had taken to guard against the spread of the illness.

The United States closed cattle trade from Canada in May, 2003, after
Canada discovered its first domestic case of mad cow disease, which can
be transmitted to humans by eating infected meat. On Wednesday, USDA
announced it would reopen the border to Canadian cattle imports on March 7.

On Thursday, Canada said it had a suspected case of mad cow disease in a
10-year-old animal that did not enter the human or animal feed system.
Final test results are expected by early next week.

Under the USDA proposal, Canadian cattle under 30 months of age would be
allowed to enter the United States.

While Harrison said USDA was standing by its plan to reopen the border
to Canadian cattle and more types of Canadian beef, she noted that the
agency has some discretion in the run-up to March 7.

"Any actions that we would take would be dependent on the circumstances
of the situation. I think that's the mode we are in now right now of
determining it," she said.

The United States has confirmed one case of mad cow disease, a year ago,
in a Washington state cow that had been born in Canada.

Harrison said Canada notified USDA on Wednesday night of its possible
new mad cow case.

Asked by Reuters whether there was any suspicion Canada had held off
notifying Washington until after Wednesday's announcement by USDA to
relax its trade ban, Harrison said, "We don't have any reason to think
that would be the case."

Reuters.com

Canada finds suspected new case of mad cow disease

San Francisco Chronicle, CA - 9 minutes ago
Canada has found what may be a second case of mad cow disease, officials
said Thursday, just a day after the United States said it planned to
reopen its border ...

Canada Finds Suspected New Case of Mad Cow

Guardian, UK - 9 minutes ago
OTTAWA (AP) - Canada has found what may be a second case of mad cow
disease, officials said Thursday, just a day after the United States
said it planned to ...

Canada Finds Suspected New Case of Mad Cow

New York Newsday, NY - 9 minutes ago
OTTAWA -- Canada has found what may be a second case of mad cow disease,
officials said Thursday, just a day after the United States said it
planned to reopen ...


TSS

######### https://listserv.kaliv.uni-karlsruhe.de/warc/bse-l.html ##########


The following items have been updated:

- News Release - National BSE Surveillance Program
Detects Suspect Animal
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/heasan/disemala/bseesb/surv/protecte.shtml

- News Release - Mitchell Pleased with Progress on
USDA Rule
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/heasan/disemala/bseesb/americ/accesse.shtml

Latest Information (as of December 30, 2004 - 02:00
EST)
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/heasan/disemala/bseesb/situatione.shtml

TSS



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