CCA Statement – Alberta BSE case birth farm - Temporary trade restriction update

Calgary, AB - Today the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced that the birth farm of the most recent case (#19) of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) is the same birth farm of BSE case #17 detected in 2010.

Experience in other countries indicates that multiple BSE cases on a single farm do occur before and also after strengthening feed ban measures. Research into the origin of these instances indicate that contaminated feed remains the most likely cause. The CFIA investigation into the feed records and birth cohorts continues according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) requirements.

Also today, China has imposed temporary trade restrictions on Canadian beef. China is the sixth trading partner to have imposed temporary trade restrictions on Canadian beef and beef products since the detection of BSE case #19.

It is important to note that these markets are not following the long standing recommendations from the OIE which state that Canada should be permitted to export beef from any age of animal given our established human and animal health controls.

The Government of Canada and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) continue to reassure trading partners of the control measures in place and continues to promote that trade decisions should be based on sound science. The CFIA is communicating with the OIE and trading partners in a transparent and timely manner.

For further information, contact:

Gina Teel

Communications Manager

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

403-275-8558 x 306 | teelg@cattle.ca

www.cattle.ca