A cow in Canada has tested positive for bovine spongiform enecphalopathy, in a test taken on Jan. 31, according to Reuters. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has quarantined an Alberta farm in the case.
Alberta Agriculture officials tested a cow that had been condemned at slaughter and no meat from the cow entered the food chain.
The affected herd of 150 cows will be depopulated, after samples are taken for the ongoing investigation. Any additional herds that are found to be at risk of BSE also will be depopulated.
Alberta accounts for nearly 60 percent of Canada’s beef production. There are 5.5 million head of cattle in Alberta.
About 511,656 head of live cattle were shipped from Alberta to the United States in 2002, according to Alberta Agriculture. The United States has temporarily banned beef imports from Canada.
Reuters, Alberta Agriculture