Canada Confirms Its Fifth Case of Mad-Cow Disease

CANADA confirmed its fifth case of mad-cow disease, creating more problems for a domestic beef industry that has lost billions of dollars because of the livestock illness.
calendar icon 17 April 2006
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Tests on samples from a 6-year-old dairy cow from British Columbia confirmed the presence of the brain-wasting disease, clinically known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said today. No part of the animal entered the human or animal food chain, the federal agency said.

"We really need a thorough investigation to prevent people from thinking the worst before the facts are in," Rod Scarlett, 47, executive director of Wild Rose Agricultural Producers, an Alberta farm lobby group, said in a telephone interview.

The Bank of Montreal estimated in November 2004 that the domestic livestock industry had lost C$5 billion ($4.34 billion) because of mad-cow disease, due to lost exports and lower prices created by a glut of animals. Exports of live cattle, which totaled C$1.83 billion in 2002, fell to zero in 2004, according to Statistics Canada, the national statistical agency.

Source: Bloomberg
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