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From: TSS ()
Subject: BSE CONFIRMED IN ALBERTA August 23, 2006
Date: August 24, 2006 at 7:38 am PST

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Latest Information (as of August 23, 2006 - 12:00 EST)
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was today confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in a mature beef cow from Alberta. No part of the animalís carcass entered the human food or animal feed systems.
Preliminary information provided by the owner and an examination conducted by a private veterinarian estimate the animalís age was between eight and ten years of age. Based on this range, exposure to the BSE agent likely occurred either before the feed banís introduction or during its early implementation.
A CFIA investigation is underway to locate the positive animalís birth farm.
As has been done previously, the CFIA will conduct a complete epidemiological review of this case, the results of which will be made public.


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


BSE CONFIRMED IN ALBERTA
OTTAWA, August 23, 2006 - Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was today confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in a mature beef cow from Alberta. No part of the animalís carcass entered the human food or animal feed systems.

Preliminary information provided by the owner and an examination conducted by a private veterinarian estimate the animalís age was between eight and ten years of age. Based on this range, exposure to the BSE agent likely occurred either before the feed banís introduction or during its early implementation. The estimated age of this animal is consistent with those of previous Canadian cases and exposure to a very low level of BSE infectivity.

A CFIA investigation is underway to locate the positive animalís birth farm. This information, if determined, will serve to definitively verify the animalís age as well as help identify herdmates of interest and potential sources of contaminated feed. As has been done previously, the CFIA will conduct a complete epidemiological review of this case, the results of which will be made public.

The national BSE surveillance program continues to demonstrate its capacity to effectively detect periodic BSE cases as Canada progresses toward the eradication of the disease. All cases confirmed in Canada have been identified through the program, which, since 2003, has tested more than 117,500 cattle from the highest risk populations.

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For information:

CFIA Media relations: (613) 228-6682

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/newcom/2006/20060823e.shtml

TSS


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Subject: CFIA Testing Inconclusive Potential Canadian BSE Sample
Date: August 22, 2006 at 8:00 pm PST
8/22/2006 6:28:00 PM


CFIA Testing Inconclusive Potential Canadian BSE Sample


WINNIPEG (Dow Jones)--The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is currently running tests on an inconclusive sample from a mature Canadian animal, that may or may not prove to be the country's latest case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or mad cow disease, a CFIA spokesman confirmed late Tuesday.


CFIA media relations officer Alain Charette confirmed that a sample coming from a mature animal had been tested in a provincial lab. The provincial tests came back inconclusive for BSE, so the sample has been sent on to the CFIA for further testing, he said.


The testing is ongoing, and Charette said the CFIA will make an announcement once the final results are known. The length of time to conduct the test will depend on the quality of the sample, and could take anywhere from 48 hours to many days, he said.


Charette couldn't provide any further details regarding the animal in question or the province it came from.


Source: Phil Franz-Warkentin, Dow Jones Newswires; 204-947-1700; resnews@compuserve.com

http://www.cattlenetwork.com/content.asp?contentid=62490

http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=healthNews&storyID=2006-08-23T141204Z_01_N23234621_RTRUKOC_0_US-FOOD-MADCOW-CANADA.xml&WTmodLoc=NewsHome-C3-healthNews-3


Canada CFIA has been pretty good about quick results back from BSE tests. I would hope just because the USDA et al in the USA has stopped looking to document BSE in the USA (in fact, just the opposite), furthermore i would be glad to document this for anyone that would be willing to contradict my statement flounder9@verizon.net. But i would hope that this result would not take days or weeks, or almost a year as with the USDA et al (7+ months) and finally an act of congress, to finally confirm that Texas mad cow, then another year to finally admit it was indeed an atypical BSE, 3 years to finally have all the data on that ONE Mad cow in TEXAS. I suppose i can be thankful that they did not just render this mad cow in Texas as they have before without any test at all. Imagine how many decades it will take to find out about all the rest of the mad cows in the USA.

WE can all hope that this latest suspect mad cow in Canada is a false positive/inconclusive. ...


TSS

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