From: Reuters
Published December 18, 2007 11:43 AM

Canada says no risks from new mad cow case

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada confirmed a new case of mad cow disease on Tuesday, the 11th since 2003, and said the animal in question was a 13-year-old beef cow from Alberta.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said no part of the animal's carcass had entered the human or animal food supply.

The cow was born before Canada introduced a ban in 1997 on cattle feed that contained ingredients made from rendered cattle and other ruminants. Authorities blame suspect feed for most of the previous cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), known as mad cow disease.

The CFIA repeated its statement that it expected to find a few cases of BSE over the next 10 years.

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Last month the United States, Canada's largest export market, eased restrictions on imports of Canadian cattle and beef that were imposed after the first homegrown case.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Rob Wilson)

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