Report Reveals Illegal Cattlefeed May Still Be In Canada

CANADA - Dental analysis and DNA examination proove that cattle protein food is still in use years after it was banned. Now the CFIA move to track its origin and put an end to BSE in Canada.
calendar icon 5 April 2007
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Between January 20 and 22, 2007, a bull on a commercial beef farm in northern Alberta died after having experienced a loss of body condition over the course of the winter. After a series of medical examinations BSE was finally confirmed by the Scrapie Associated Fibril February 7, 2007. The carcass was secured from the farm, transferred to the AAF laboratory and incinerated.

After dental analysis the producer identified the positive animal as an unregistered Angus bull 79 months of age at the time of death. The animal was born on the farm and remained there throughout its life.

Suspiciously, this data confirms that the animal was born three years after Canada banned cattle protein in feed. I response the CFIA have now launched an investigation into the origin of this cattle feed. It will focus on the formulation, production and transportation of the feed.

All cases of BSE in Canada have been detected through the surveillance system, which has trudged through over 150 investigations since it began in 2003. Begging the question if Canadian cattlemen are doing enought to report their problems. And if not how can the government work to improve this situation.

Positive BSE cases have been in steady decline in Canada for a while now, but the CFIA doubt that the disease will be fully eradicated for another ten years.

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