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    U.S. bans Canadian beef imports (mad cow)

    U.S. bans Canadian beef imports
    Last Updated Tue, 20 May 2003 18:13:59
    EDMONTON - A case of mad cow disease in Alberta has prompted the U.S. Agriculture Department to impose a temporary ban on Canadian beef exports to the United States.

    News of the ban came as Agriculture Minister Lyle Vanclief was holding a news conference in Alberta to announce the discovery of a case of home-grown mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), in Alberta.


    Lyle Vanclief

    A single cow in northern Alberta with the brain-wasting disease was killed in January, but tests only confirmed the diagnosis on Tuesday morning. The news prompted the United States to stop all imports of Canadian beef.

    Provincial and federal labs couldn't rule out mad cow disease, so specimens were sent to the world reference laboratory in Britain, which verified the diagnosis on Tuesday.

    "We believe our food safety system is among the best in the world," Alberta Agriculture Minister Shirley McClellan told the conference.

    Both ministers stressed that the animal didn't go into the food system.


    INDEPTH: Mad Cow Disease: the science and the story

    The eight-year-old cow was not a mad cow suspect, McClellan said. But it was underweight and had pneumonia when sent to slaughter, and provincial inspectors condemned it as unfit for consumption.

    After the cow was sent to the rendering plant, the head was kept for testing. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has quarantined a farm, and will cull the herd there, Vanclief said.

    Federal investigators will trace the cow's origin to find out if any more herds are at risk. Canadian BSE prevention measures stipulate that no remains from any cow can go into feed for other cows.

    Canada's only other known case of mad cow disease was found in 1993, in a cow imported from Britain in 1987. That cow was destroyed, as was its herd of origin.



    Written by CBC News Online staff



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    Wise Remeber our Disscussion couple years ago about MAD COW

    I was right back than that its only matter of time its going to be in US & canada!!!

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    seen on the news the first vegetarian has been diagnosed with mad cow disease.

    his family blames it on gel in capsules he took?

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