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From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. (216-119-144-12.ipset24.wt.net)
Subject: BSE CONFIRMED IN SUSPECT ANIMAL, INVESTIGATIONS UNDERWAY Canadian Food Inspection Agency News Release
Date: January 3, 2005 at 6:55 am PST

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Subject: BSE CONFIRMED IN SUSPECT ANIMAL, INVESTIGATIONS UNDERWAY
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2005 08:53:43 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@LISTSERV.KALIV.UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Canadian Food Inspection Agency
News Release


BSE CONFIRMED IN SUSPECT ANIMAL, INVESTIGATIONS UNDERWAY

OTTAWA, January 2, 2005 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
today confirmed that an older dairy cow from Alberta has tested positive
for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The infected animal was born
in 1996, prior to the introduction of the 1997 feed ban. It is suspected
that the animal became infected by contaminated feed before the feed ban.

No part of the animal entered the human food or animal feed systems.
This finding does not indicate an increased risk to food safety.Canada's
public health safeguards have been developed on the assumption that a
low, declining level of BSE remains in North America. Canada requires
the removal of specified risk material (SRM) from all animals entering
the human food supply. SRM are tissues that, in infected cattle, contain
the BSE agent. This measure is internationally recognized as the most
effective means to protect public health from BSE.

Confirming BSE in this animal is not unexpected. Canada has in place a
suite of risk mitigation measures to protect public and animal health,
including the removal of SRM from the human food chain, the ruminant to
ruminant feed ban, the national surveillance program and import
restrictions. As a result, the United States continues to consider
Canada as a minimal risk region. As stated in the United States
Department of Agriculture press release of December 30th, 2004
,
the United States would not alter the implementation of its rule to
resume trade with Canada.

The infected animal was detected through the recently enhanced national
surveillance program. Additional cases may be found as testing of
high-risk cattle continues. In 2004, the Government of Canada tested
over 22,000 animals.

The CFIA is continuing its investigation and has determined the infected
animal's farm of origin. Efforts are now underway to identify any other
animals of similar risk. Specifically, the Agency is focusing on two
categories of animals: recently born offspring of the infected animal
and cattle born on the same farm within a year of the infected animal.
This work is proceeding as quickly as possible.

The Agency has also launched a feed investigation to examine what the
infected animal was fed early in its life, when infection was most
likely to have occurred prior to the 1997 feed ban. Given the age of the
animal, it may not be possible to definitively identify a particular
feed source as the origin of infection. However, information gathered
through investigations and analyses continues to suggest that the feed
ban has limited the spread of BSE since its implementation.

In 1989, Canada banned further importation of cattle from the United
Kingdom and traced all imported cattle to their Canadian farms of
origin, where they were monitored and eventually destroyed. Before this
time, when BSE had not emerged as a significant animal health threat, it
is likely that some imported animals entered the North American feed system.

The CFIA will hold a technical briefing on January 3, 2005 at 11:00 EST.
A media advisory will be issued with additional information.

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For information:

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Media Relations
(613) 228-6682

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/newcom/2005/20050102e.shtml

TSS

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