Canada rethinks regulations for inspecting 'downed' cows
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Sun Jun 1 09:06:51 EDT 2003
TORONTO -- The cow was obviously sick. It was stumbling. It was "still
alive," farmer Marvyn Peaster said. "It was just not getting up anymore."
Still, the animal that started Canada's current "mad cow" disease crisis
was loaded onto a truck and taken to a slaughterhouse in Alberta province.
There, an inspector, suspecting pneumonia, flagged the cow and sent it off
for rendering as animal feed. Though stumbling and other characteristics
of a "downed" cow can be hallmarks of bovine spongiform encephalopathy,
few such cows are tested for BSE in Canada, a senior Canadian food
inspection official said Thursday.
Last week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency ordered the slaughter of an
estimated 60 cows from three British Columbia farms that had received feed
manufactured from the BSE-infected cow, after investigators said they
"could not conclusively rule out" the accidental distribution of the
contaminated feed to cows on the farms.
Ten Canadian feed mills received parts of the infected cow, and some of it
was processed into dry dog food and chicken feed, authorities say.
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