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From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. (216-119-156-73.ipset36.wt.net)
Subject: MAD COW BSE NORTH AMERICA 'CANADIAN UPDATE' (as of January 18, 2005 - 16:00 EST)
Date: January 18, 2005 at 3:09 pm PST

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Subject: MAD COW BSE NORTH AMERICA 'CANADIAN UPDATE' (as of January 18, 2005 - 16:00 EST)
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2005 17:13:16 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
CC: CJDVoice

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
BSE in North America


Latest Information


Latest Information (as of January 18, 2005 - 16:00 EST)

* Case 3 (Confirmed January 11, 2005)
o The guidelines of the World Organization for Animal Health
recommend that BSE investigations include an infected
animal's most recently born offspring, based on the
theoretical possibility of maternal transmission.
o The CFIA has determined that the infected animal's most
recently born offspring are no longer alive. The two animals
died of causes unrelated to BSE. This finding concludes the
offspring component of the investigation.

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Latest Information (as of January 17, 2005 - 14:00 EST)

* Case 2 (Confirmed January 2, 2005)
o

Further investigation of the birth cohort has determined
that an additional two animals were exported to the United
States. This brings the total number of exported birth
cohort animals to six. American authorities have been notified.

* Case 3 (Confirmed January 11, 2005)
o

The CFIA is pursuing multiple lines of inquiry to
investigate the use, sale and production of feeds. Given the
timeframe of interest, it may not be possible to draw any
definitive links between a particular feed and the origin of
infection.

*

CFIA officials are finalizing the details of Canada's feed ban
review. The review is tentatively scheduled to begin later this
week. Officials from the United States will arrive in Canada on
January 24, 2005, to begin their examination of the feed ban.

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Latest Information (as of January 14, 2005 - 12:00 EST)

* Case 2 (Confirmed January 2, 2005)
o Based on records of feed purchases and use, the CFIA has
confirmed that the infected animal, born in 1996, was
exposed to feed rations containing meat and bone meal.
o

This feed was produced before the 1997 feed ban, when the
inclusion of meat and bone meal in ruminant feeds was
allowed. This finding concludes the feed component of the
investigation.

* Case 3 (Confirmed January 11, 2005)
o An additional 15 cattle from the infected animal's birth
cohort have been identified and placed under individual
animal quarantines. All live animals from the birth cohort,
currently 37 cattle, will be tested.
o

Investigators are collecting information pertaining to feed
used on the farm of origin. The CFIA is tracing records from
the farm of origin and investigating feed retailers and
manufacturers.

*

CFIA officials expect to release the details of a review of
Canada's feed ban next week. International animal health and feed
experts are expected to participate in the review.

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Latest Information (as of January 12, 2005 - 15:00 EST)

* Case 2 (Confirmed January 2, 2005)
o Nine animals from Case 2's birth cohort have been euthanized
and tested negative for BSE.
o

Ongoing traceouts have confirmed that an additional three
birth cohort animals were exported to the United States.
American authorities have been notified.

* Case 3 (Confirmed January 11, 2005)
o

Based on current information, we have identified 22 cattle
from Case 3's birth cohort. Additional traceouts are underway

*

CFIA officials are preparing to undertake a review of Canada's
feed ban. This process will examine the effectiveness of
industry's compliance with the ban in limiting the spread of BSE.
The review will include participation from international animal
health and feed experts.

* An extensive international outreach campaign is underway to
reinforce awareness and understanding of the science-based
measures Canada has in place to protect human and animal health
from BSE.
o Canadian officials have been dispatched to China and will be
travelling to Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan over the coming week.
o Canada's Chief Veterinary Officer is currently in Washington
for technical discussions with USDA and FDA officials.
o Minister Mitchell will travel to Mexico next week and the
United States soon after to meet with his counterparts.
o Heads of Missions will be fully briefed this week so they
can serve as effective advocates of Canada's BSE safeguards.

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Latest Information (as of January 11, 2005 - 14:00 EST)

*

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) today announced that
Canada's national surveillance program has detected bovine
spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in an Alberta beef cow

just under seven years of age. As part of its surveillance
program, the CFIA has control of the carcass. No part of the
animal has entered the human food or animal feed systems.

*

The CFIA is investigating what the animal may have been fed early
in its life and the source of the feed. The infected animal was
born in March 1998, and the farm of origin has been confirmed.
Based on preliminary information, feed produced prior to the
introduction of the 1997 feed ban in Canada remains the most
likely source of infection in this animal.

*

This current investigation is independent of the BSE investigation
on the case which was confirmed on January 2, 2005.

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Latest Information (as of January 7, 2005 - 15:00 EST)

*

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) investigation has
gathered a significant amount of information about other animals
of potential interest. The investigation is ongoing and the
numbers mentioned are based on currently available information.

*

The infected animal last gave birth in 2003 and 2004. Both calves
have died of causes unrelated to BSE. This finding concludes the
offspring component of our investigation.

*

The investigation has also determined that the birth cohort -
animals born on the farm of origin within 12 months before and
after the infected animal - includes 38 cattle of primary
interest. It is possible that these animals could have been
exposed to the same feed as the infected animal. Finding multiple
cases of BSE in a single birth cohort is rare, based on
international experiences. No additional cases were uncovered
during Canada's two previous investigations.

*

Of the 38 animals, 1 previously tested negative through the
national surveillance program after being reported as a downer. We
have located 9 more animals from this group. These animals have
been placed under individual animal quarantines.

*

We are continuing to investigate the locations and status of the
remaining animals. Given the age of the infected animal, it is
likely that some of the animals from the birth cohort are no
longer alive. We expect to begin euthanizing animals from the
birth cohort during the week of January 10.

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Latest Information (as of January 3, 2005 - 10:00 EST)

*

The United States continues to consider Canada as a minimal risk
region. As stated in the United States Department of Agriculture
press release of January 3, 2005
,
the United States would not alter the implementation of its rule
to resume trade with Canada.

o

Statement by Ron DeHaven, Administrator, Animal and Plant
Health Inspection Service

(English Only)

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Latest Information (as of January 2, 2005 - 19:00 EST)

*

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) today confirmed

that an older dairy cow from Alberta has tested positive for
bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). No part of the animal
entered the human food or animal feed systems.

*

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

*

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.

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Latest Information (as of December 31, 2004 - 14:00 EST)

*

Consistent with our testing protocol, we are now conducting
confirmatory testing using the OIE "gold standard" test for BSE .
Confirmatory testing was initiated on December 30 and results are
expected in two to four days.

*

The suspect animal's farm of origin has been determined through
the CFIA's investigation. While earlier information suggested the
suspect animal might be ten years old, it has now been confirmed
that the cow was eight years old.

*

Similar to the two North American BSE -infected animals detected
in 2003, this animal was born before the Canadian and American
feed bans were introduced in 1997.

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Latest Information (as of December 30, 2004 - 02:00 EST)

*

Preliminary BSE testing results completed late on December 29,
2004 have identified a suspect 10-year-old dairy cow. Although the
finding is not definitive, multiple screening tests have yielded
positive results.

*

No part of the animal entered the human food or animal feed
systems. Samples are currently being analyzed at the Canadian
Science Centre for Human and Animal Health in Winnipeg.
Confirmatory results are expected in three to five days.

*

The Government of Canada's normal policy is to report only
confirmed results. However, given the unique situation created by
the United States' border announcement on December 29 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 United States Office of the Management and Budget (OMB ) has
completed its review of the proposed rule on Bovine Spongiform
Encephalopathy (BSE ) and returned it to the United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA) for publication in the Federal
Register.

*

The USDA said Wednesday that the final rule will be published in
the January 4 Federal Register

and will take effect March 7, 2005.

*

When implemented, the rule will provide access to the U.S. for a
range of live animals and beef and ruminant products. In
particular, the rule will once again allow for the importation
into the U.S. of live cattle under 30 months for immediate
slaughter or for feeding, provided they are slaughtered before
reaching the age of 30 months. The rule also allows for the
importation of meat from animals older than 30 months and removes
segregation requirements at Canadian slaughter facilities.

o

Rule to Establish Minimal-Risk Regions for Bovine Spongiform
Encephalopathy

United States Department of Agriculture (English Only)

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Latest Information (as of December 14, 2004 - 14:00 EST)

*

The Government of Canada today announced that Cuba has agreed to
re-open its border

to a broad range of Canadian beef products.

*

Effective immediately, Cuba will accept Canadian beef and beef
products from cattle of any age with minor exceptions, such as
mechanically separated meat, vertebral column, trimmings, and
tissues derived from the head.

*

Cuba has also agreed to accept Canadian pet food that does not
contain meat and bone meal of ruminant origin. Building on this
agreement, Canadian and Cuban officials hope to agree shortly on
certification requirements that would permit the importation of
live Canadian cattle.

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Latest Information (as of December 10, 2004 - 14:00 EST)

*

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has proposed amendments

to federal regulations that will strengthen existing animal feed
controls.

*

The proposed amendments prohibit the use of specified risk
material (SRM) in animal feeds, including pet food.

*

The proposed regulations have been placed in the Canada Gazette
Part 1. A 75-day comment period ending February 24, 2005 is being
provided to give regulated industries, trading partners and other
interested parties the opportunity to review the proposed
amendments and provide the CFIA with written comments.

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http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/heasan/disemala/bseesb/situatione.shtml

TSS





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