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From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. (
Subject: Canada Awaits Mad Cow Test Result
Date: January 1, 2005 at 4:21 pm PST

Canada Awaits Mad Cow Test Result

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Results from final laboratory tests on a Canadian dairy cow suspected of having mad cow disease are not yet available, an agriculture department official said on Saturday.

A series of preliminary tests done on the animal earlier this week were positive for the disease, and the official said results from a final "gold standard" test were expected by Monday at the latest.

There has been widespread speculation that the final test will be positive -- at least four tests using two different methods produced positive results, although these are not yet conclusive.

Two industry sources said they expected results from the final laboratory test on Sunday rather than on Monday.

Canadian officials initially said that the dairy cow, identified on a farm in the province of Alberta earlier this week, was 10 years old.

But the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said late on Friday that they had traced the cow to its birthplace and discovered it was eight years old.

The agency said the cow was born before a 1997 ban on feeding cattle protein made from cattle and other ruminant animals -- a practice believed to spread mad cow disease.

Canada's first home-grown case of the disease, found in May 2003, also involved a cow born before the ban, as did the first U.S. case, found in December 2003 in Washington State.

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