OTTAWA—The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed its 16th case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The latest case was discovered in a 7-year-old dairy cow from British Columbia; no part of the animal’s carcass entered the human food or animal feed systems, the agency said.
CFIA is investigating the source of the infection, including the animal's birth farm and herdmates. The age and the location of the infected animal are consistent with previous cases. Canada remains a Controlled Risk country for BSE, as determined by OIE, so this announcement should not affect exports of cattle or beef from the country.
Canada has had 16 native-born cases of BSE—two in 2003, one each in 2004 and 2005, five in 2006, three in 2007 and four in 2008. Canada also had an imported case of BSE in 1993.