Update: Korea Suspends Imports of Canadian Beef, New BSE Case Could Delay Move to "Negligible Risk" Status


Update — Sunday, February 15th: The CFIA says South Korea has suspended imports of Canadian beef, pending further information on the confirmed BSE find.

Almost 12 years after the first discovery of BSE in a domestic cow, headlines containing the acronym for the fatal neurological disease in cattle still touch a nerve among Canadian cattle producers.

Many producers are wondering what the impact will be from the latest case, as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed Canada’s first case of BSE since 2011 in an infected downer beef cow in Alberta.

Related: BSE-Infected Beef Cow Found in Alberta

“I’m hoping what producers will see is that we can have a positive case and it really doesn’t have any negative implications,” says John Masswohl of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association in the interview below.

He explains why determining the age of the animal is significant, what the implications could be for Canada’s “controlled risk” status and how the finding underlines the value of the national BSE surveillance program:

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