Mad-cow isn’t a trade issue
It’s first and foremost a food-safety issue
By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS
Friday, January 27, 2006 Posted at 2:02 AM EST
Special to Toronto Globe and Mail Update
It’s true that Canadian beef is safe – but the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the beef industry are missing the point.
The latest Canadian BSE case coming out of Alberta was considered by industry pundits to be unwelcome but not unexpected. This is the fourth native case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, known as mad-cow disease, in Canada since May of 2003 (excluding the one case that was discovered in the state of Washington in December of 2003, which American authorities traced back to Canada a few weeks later). Meanwhile, Japan has confirmed its 22nd case, in a five-year-old cow that died of BSE.