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From: TSS ()
Subject: Re: Potential Case of BSE MAD COW Identified in B.C.
Date: April 14, 2006 at 7:07 am PST

In Reply to: Re: Potential Case of BSE MAD COW Identified in B.C. posted by TSS on April 13, 2006 at 12:43 pm:

April 13, 2006, 10:36PM
Possible case of mad cow roils markets
Tentative results in Canada cause investors to worry


By JERRY BISECT and BOB BURGDORFER
Reuters News Service

CHICAGO - A possible new case of mad cow disease in Canada rattled the U.S.
cattle markets Thursday because the animal in question was born after a 1997
feed ban that was enacted to prevent the disease.

Investors fretted that the discovery, which could be the fifth native-born
case of the brain-wasting bovine spongiform encephalopathy in Canada, could
shake consumer confidence in the $200 billion U.S. beef and cattle
production industry.

Canadian officials said earlier Thursday that the suspected case was in a
6-year-old Holstein dairy cow in British Columbia that did not enter the
human food chain. Final test results are expected Sunday.

Officials said the infected cow was born in April 2000, after the Canadian
government prohibited cattle from eating feed containing ruminant protein.
The ban was put in place by the U.S. and Canada in 1997.

Since Canadian beef and cattle are shipped into the United States, there
were concerns that the finding could affect demand for all beef.

U.S. consumers have continued to buy beef despite three mad cow cases in the
United States and four previously confirmed cases in Canada.

The United States Agriculture Department said it has not drawn any
conclusions regarding Canada's suspected case.

"Should it be positive, we're prepared to send a team to Canada to help with
the epidemiological investigation," USDA spokesman Ed Lloyd said.

Mad cow disease, or BSE, is a fatal brain disease in cattle. Scientists
believe humans can contract a similar fatal disease by eating infected
material from contaminated animals. The disease is not contagious in cattle,
but is believed to be spread by feed made from animal parts, called meat and
bone meal.

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association, a cattle producers trade group,
said Thursday's news should not affect beef trade between the United States
and Canada.

However, R-CALF-USDA, another cattle trade group, argued that Canada's
safety measures are not sufficient and that the U.S. should do more to
protect consumers here.

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle futures turned lower
Thursday after the suspected Canadian case was announced, traders at the
exchange said.

Cattle for June delivery closed at 75.275 cents per pound, down 0.375 cent
for the day. The contract had peaked Thursday at 76.325 cents.

http://chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/3793007.html


> "Should it be positive, we're prepared to send a team to Canada to help
with the

> epidemiological investigation," USDA spokesman Ed Lloyd said.


that's like the blind leading the blind, or dumb and dumber goes to Canada.

...TSS





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