AR-News: Canadian firm denies link to mad cow case
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Fri Jan 2 21:18:24 EST 2004
Canadian firm denies link to mad cow case
By TARA BRAUTIGAM
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
TORONTO -- The top executive of a Canadian rendering plant denied his
company was the source of a U.S. case of mad cow disease, saying Wednesday
his business adheres to strict guidelines and that it's premature to place
"I don't think we produce contaminated feed," Barry Glotman said in an
interview with The Associated Press.
Glotman, president of West Coast Reduction, owns and operates Northern
Alberta Processing and several other of the plants, which process animal
The Edmonton Journal reported Wednesday that Canadian food safety
investigators had established a tentative link between the Edmonton
rendering plant and the infected Holstein found on a Washington state farm.
The plant may have provided contaminated materials to mills that mixed feed
for the Alberta farm where U.S. officials believe the cow was born - as well
as to another farm in the province where a case of mad cow disease was
discovered in May.
Glotman confirmed Tom Spiller, who is heading the investigation into the
feed sources of both animals for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, had
recently visited the plant and asked for records showing where the company
sells its meat and bone meal.
"They're just basically checking," Glotman said from West Coast Reduction's
headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia. "We've been audited."
But Glotman said "it's a little premature right now" to blame his plant.
Glotman said since 1997 a ban has been in place to prevent cattle from
eating brain and spine tissue from infected animals. He said his companies
have adhered to that ban and undergone random inspections by Alberta
"Our plants are fully compliant," he said.
Keith Kalbfleisch, the manager of Northern Alberta Processing, noted that
DNA tests must still confirm that the Washington state cow came from Alberta
He insisted it was unlikely his plant was the source of the contamination.
"You have to have a case of BSE to infect the cow in the first place, so if
you believe this story, we must have had BSE back in 1997. You have to have
something infected in order to have infected material," he said.
More than 30 countries have banned American beef products since mad cow
disease surfaced in Washington state a week ago. Canada identified its first
case of mad cow disease in May in Alberta.
"A human can be healthy without killing animals for food. Therefore if he
eats meat he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his
appetite." --Leo Tolstoy
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