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<div class="quote-block">TORONTO - A cow in Alberta has been diagnosed with mad cow disease, Canadian officials announced Tuesday the first known case in North America in a decade.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
U.S. health officials immediately banned imports of cattle, beef, beef-based products and animal feed from Canada.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Canadian Agriculture Minister Lyle Vanclief told a news conference Tuesday at the Alberta provincial legislature in Edmonton that the 8-year-old cow from a farm in northern Alberta was slaughtered on Jan. 31 because of suspected pneumonia.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Routine testing failed to rule out bovine spongiform encephalopathy (news - web sites), or BSE (news - web sites), and further testing in England confirmed the finding on Tuesday, Vanclief said.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
"The herd has been quarantined. A trace on the animal is being done," he said. "The animal did not go into the food chain."<br><br><br><br><br><br>
No case of mad cow disease has ever been found in U.S. cattle, despite intensive testing for the disease. To help prevent its spread here, the U.S. government routinely bans the import of meat and livestock from countries where mad cow disease is found.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Mad cow disease, known scientifically as bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE, first erupted in Britain in 1986, and is thought to have spread through cow feed made with protein and bone meal from mammals.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (news - web sites) is the human form of mad cow disease and can cause paralysis and death. Humans develop new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease when they eat meat from infected animals, scientists believe.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Both Canada and the United States outlawed the feeding of mammalian meat and bone meal to cattle, sheep and goats in 1997, a rule considered each nation's main defense against the disease. The incubation period for BSE can be eight years, so the new Canadian case could have been infected from feed predating the ban.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
The only previous known case in Canada, in 1993, involved an animal born in Britain that was imported, Vanclief said. The herd was destroyed and there was no further spread of the disease, he said.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
It was not immediately clear where the cow in the new case was born.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Authorities will trace the origin of the cow and how and where it was as part of an investigation into any possible spread of the disease, Vanclief said. They have also quarantined the farm and will "depopulate" the herd that the new case is from, along with any other herds that come into question.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Alberta is Canada's main cattle province, with almost 40 percent of the industry. Last year, Canada exported 1.7 million head of live cattle and 373,000 tons of beef product with a total value of $2.5 billion to the United States.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Canada has voluntarily halted issuing certificates for its cattle declaring it free of BSE, said officials who stressed it was an isolated case involving one cow of a disease that does not spread between live animals.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said in a statement that she spoke with Canadian officials and the situation "appears to be an isolated case."<br><br><br><br><br><br>
"Information suggests that risk to human health and the possibility of transmission to animals in the United States is very low," Veneman said.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
The FDA (news - web sites) and U.S. Agriculture Department are working with Canadian officials to get more information about the sick cow, including records concerning its past ownership and what animal feed it was given.<br><br><br></div>
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In the NYTimes, the representative says, "The investigation to date indicates the animal in question was sent to a rendering plant after slaughter," he said. "I want to stress that the animal did not go into the food chain." Um, don't rendered products still end up in the food chain or animal feed?
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Thalia</i><br><br><b>In the NYTimes, the representative says, "The investigation to date indicates the animal in question was sent to a rendering plant after slaughter," he said. "I want to stress that the animal did not go into the food chain." Um, don't rendered products still end up in the food chain or animal feed?</b></div>
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Yes. But <b>supposedly</b>--and I stress supposedly--they are then only fed to chickens and fish and other non-ruminants, and that makes it "safe." Hahahaha!
 

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Over here rendered animals are made into animal-flour and that is burned in electric engery plants.<br><br>
The electric energy can be sold as "green" because it comes from a renewable source.<br><br><br><br>
I must say I sort of feel glad the disease is spreading.<br><br>
I know that seems strange, but I hope there will be more cases.<br><br>
Hopefully it will make some people think.
 

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Ah... another proud Canadian moment, eh?<br><br><br><br>
I love the fact that Jean Chretien says he'll eat meat just to prove that it's safe. But when SARS hit Toronto, he was "on vacation".<br><br>
What more proof do people need that eating meat is/can be deadly. It took 15 weeks to confirm that the cow had BSE. But Health Canada assures us that Alberta beef is safe... ya right.
 

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" But when SARS hit Toronto, he was "on vacation"."<br><br><br><br>
Actually I saw him on the news eating in downtown Toronto at a chinese restaurant (which had been almsot deserted).<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, it's a sad but not surprising thing that this will happen. It will happen in the US too. Hopefully people will start investigating these issues and make some real decisions (not just following suite without questioning "why eat meat")
 

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I live in Calgary, Alberta and here is my opinion:<br><br><br><br>
I hope more cows get BSE. This sounds heartless, but these creatures are already condemned to die. Of course, I don't want people to get CJD, but I would love to see Alberta's cattle ranchers go out of business. Beef is cruel, destructive and harmful industry.
 

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This diseased cow had five calves, which did end up in the food chain and it is damn near impossible to trace them now. However, scientists aren't sure if BSE can be spread to offspring. This is the latest I heard, but I don't listen to the news much these days.<br><br>
I haven't met one omni in Canada yet who has shown any concern over this.
 

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This just in:<br><br><br><br>
Canada's Mad Cow disease scare spreads to a second province, with officials admitting they can't be sure no affected calves went into the food supply.<br><br>
It's funny.. we were 'assured' yesterday that they had it all taken care of. I have to just shake my head at that one.<br><br><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">
 

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When are these stupid people going to remember cows are Herbivores , not Carnivores?! If you go against mother nature, she will kick you in the teeth everytime.
 

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We can all <b>hope</b> that this will make people think, and hope they will change, but I don't believe that history lends much support for these hopes.<br><br><br><br>
What happened in Britain after Mad Cow spread there? Is the UK any more vegetarian, as a percentage of the population, today than it was in, say, 1980, pre-Mad Cow?<br><br><br><br>
They had an expert from Consumers Union on the news who advised people not to eat cow's brains (I guess some people do eat them, but I don't know anyone who does) and not to eat ground beef, because the process by which the meat is taken off the bones may include some spinal material too. But that was it. He said if you are eating a steak, you should be ok, and if you want ground beef, buy a steak and watch the butcher grind it for you before your very eyes.<br><br><br><br>
That represents only marginal change. Even Eric Schlosser, the author of <b>Fast Food Nation</b> did not stop eating beef after writing his book--he did stop eating hamburger, though, and insists that the beef be well cooked.
 

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A good source for information on this developing story is the Mad Cow message board:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.vegsource.com/talk/madcow/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.vegsource.com/talk/madcow/index.html</a>
 

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I was watching the news last night and they were talking with butchers at the market and they all proudly said that their beef is safe and they'd never stop eating meat.<br><br><br><br>
Ahh.. the proud and ignorant.
 

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Here's a link to a Reuters report:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://channels.netscape.com/ns/news/story.jsp?floc=FF-RTO-rontz&idq=/ff/story/0002%2F20030522%2F145289209.htm&sc=rontz" target="_blank">http://channels.netscape.com/ns/news...9.htm&sc=rontz</a>
 

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What I loved was how McDonald's ran their "McDonald's Uses Alberta Beef!" ad day in, day out for weeks... and since Tuesday I haven't seen it once! Bad timing, eh? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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I am sick of hearing this b/s on the radio. everytime the news comes on YR RADIO ! they say something about this. im reallllly getting sick of them talking about slaughter and whatnot.
 

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posted this in the companion animals forum too. a brand of dog food sold in the US was recalled because the meat came from Alberta and may be infected. the article lists the dates and flavours recalled and what to do if you have them. they said dogs are immune and probably can't pass it on to humans but they recalled them to make sure the food doesn't somehow work it's way into feed for other animals or whatever.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/health/2003-05-27-mad-cow-dogfood_x.htm" target="_blank">http://www.usatoday.com/money/indust...-dogfood_x.htm</a>
 
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