Chi­nese main­land re­stricts Canadian beef over mad cow

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By BIAN JIBU in Ed­mon­ton

The Chi­nese main­land has joined Tai­wan, South Korea, Peru and Be­larus in plac­ing tem­po­rary re­stric­tions on im­ports of Canadian beef out of con­cern over a case of mad cow dis­ease in Al­berta.

The Al­berta case of bovine spongi­form en­cephalopa­thy (BSE) was con­firmed by the Canadian Food In­spec­tion Agency on Feb. 13.

The CFIA said it is try­ing to get fur­ther clar­i­fi­ca­tion on the ex­tent of China’s re­stric­tions, which it char­ac­ter­ized as tem­po­rary, CBC News re­ported. China rep­re­sents about two per cent of Canada’s mar­ket for beef.

The beef cow was be­ing raised on a farm just out­side of Al­berta’s cap­i­tal city of Ed­mon­ton.

The CFIA con­firmed that this was the sec­ond case of BSE on the same farm, the first be­ing dis­cov­ered there in 2010. Of­fi­cials said this was the first time a sin­gle farm has had two cases of mad cow dis­ease, ac­cord­ing to CBC News.

CFIA of­fi­cials said they are in­spect­ing all as­pects of how both an­i­mals were fed and raised, and the qual­ity of the food fed to the most re­cent cow.

“The fo­cus of our in­ves­ti­ga­tion will in­clude con­sid­er­a­tion of whether there was non­com­pli­ance with the 2007 feed regime,” said CFIA of­fi­cial Dr Mar­tine Dubuc.

In 2007, Canada im­posed new rules on feed for­mu­las to re­strict in­gre­di­ents un­suit­able for ru­mi­nants.

The CFIA said no part of the BSE-pos­i­tive cow en­tered the food sys­tem, for ei­ther an­i­mals or pets.

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suspended Canadian beef im­ports last week — and Tai­wan, Be­larus and Peru fol­lowed suit. In­done­sia put re­stric­tions on noned­i­ble meat prod­ucts.

The case was the first di­ag­no­sis of mad cow dis­ease in Canada since 2011.

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Gerry Ritz said Canada was en­gag­ing with trad­ing part­ners to keep mar­kets open and try to re­open the mar­kets that have im­posed re­stric­tions.

“The World Or­ga­ni­za­tion for An­i­mal Health rec­og­nizes Canada as a con­trolled risk sta­tus coun­try, and we ex­pect our trad­ing part­ners to rec­og­nize this sta­tus and base mar­ket ac­cess de­ci­sions on science,” he told CBC News.

PA­TRICK PRICE / REUTERS

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