Canada has confirmed their tenth case of BSE since 2003. The mature dairy cow was found in the providence of British Columbia and was 66 months old.
The cow was born and died on a farm in the western part of the province’s Fraser River valley. The case is the tenth found in Canadian cattle since 2003, and the second in less than three months. Many of the cases have been blamed on exposure to contaminated feed. The agency is now seeking the cow’s herdmates to ensure they do not enter the human food supply or animal feed systems.
Canada has a goal of eliminating BSE from its cattle herd within 10 years. The disease has caused major problems for beef and cattle exports to the large U.S. market. The United States has allowed imports of Canadian beef from young cattle since September 2003, as well as young live cattle starting in 2005. However it continues to ban live cattle over the age of 30 months as well as beef from those animals.