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From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. (
Subject: Animal From Canada Mad Cow Herd May Have Reached U.S.
Date: January 7, 2005 at 12:32 pm PST

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Subject: Animal From Canada Mad Cow Herd May Have Reached U.S. (Update2)
Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2005 14:31:35 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

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Animal From Canada Mad Cow Herd May Have Reached U.S. (Update2)

Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) -- The Canadian government said that an animal raised
with an 8-year-old cow that had mad cow disease may have been sent to
the U.S.

An initial investigation suggests one cow from the infected cow's birth
``cohort'' of 141 animals may have gone to the U.S., Gary Little, senior
veterinarian with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, told reporters in
a conference call from Ottawa. There may be others, he said, while
declining to be more specific.

``It is too early to speculate on how many animals and their
BSE-status,'' Little said, referring to bovine spongiform
encephalopathy, the scientific name for the disease. Little said nine
dairy cows from the birth cohort -- animals born on the same farm and
within a year of the infected animal -- have been located and will be
slaughtered and tested for BSE.

The agency on Jan. 2 confirmed Canada's second case of the brainwasting
livestock illness, in a dairy cow in Alberta. The country's first BSE
case, disclosed in May 2003, prompted the U.S. and dozens of other
nations to ban cattle and beef from Canada. The only known U.S. case was
in a cow found in Washington state in December 2003 and later traced to

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Dec. 29 said it planned to allow
Canada to resume shipments of live cattle under 30 months of age and to
ship beef from cattle of any age, as of March 7. Agriculture Department
officials later said Canada's second BSE case would not change their

Suspect Feed

Officials from both countries say all three infected animals probably
contracted the disease, which has a fatal human variant, by eating feed
that contained the ground-up parts of another infected animal. All three
cows were born before the U.S. and Canada banned that feeding practice
in August 1997.

Canadian officials are trying to locate animals from the birth cohort
because they probably ate the same feed as the infected cow. The USDA is
helping in the search, Little said. Department spokesman Ed Loyd
declined immediate comment.

The cohort consists of 38 dairy cows, 55 male animals born from dairy
cows, and 48 beef cattle. Little said 28 of the dairy cows are
unaccounted for. The males born from dairy cows were probably
slaughtered at a young age, and thus at little risk for carrying BSE, he
said. Beef from the slaughtered animals probably entered the human food
chain, he said.

To contact the reporters on this story:
Daniel Goldstein in Washington at and Christopher Donville at

To contact the editor responsible for this story:
Steve Stroth at

Last Updated: January 7, 2005 15:06 EST

Federal officials acknowledged Friday that some cattle from the same
herd as a cow infected with BSE likely made it into the food chain.
But they say consumers shouldn't worry - the chances that those animals
were infected are miniscule

Officials announced Friday that they will start culling cattle from an
Alberta farm next week after the latest case of mad-cow disease

Nine animals on two farms have been quarantined after investigators
identified 141 cows - 93 dairy and 48 beef.
They were born in the year before through to the year after the infected
cow was delivered in October 1996.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency officials say 55 male calves are known
to have been delivered to a feedlot and were likely slaughtered.
At least one animal, a dairy cow, was exported to the United States,
informs the Canada.

Meat became dangerous

22:37 2005-01-07
Canadian officials announced this latest infected cow just hours after
the U.S. Department of Agriculture

announced plans to drop restrictions on importing live Canadian cattle
under 30 months old.
That ban was imposed 19 months earlier, after another lone Alberta cow
was diagnosed as a so-called mad cow.
Otherwise known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, it is a
degenerative disorder that affects the animal's central nervous system.
It is believed that humans can contract a fatal equivalent, called new
variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
from eating an infected cow, tells CTV.

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