Friday, March 12, 2021

Canada clears BSE hurdle

A scientific commission has found that Canada has gotten control of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cows disease) and qualifies for “negligible risk” status.

The commission’s recommendation now goes to a vote in May by the World Assembly of delegates to the World Animal Health organization (OIE).

Gaining negligible risk status will open more markets to Canadian beef from cattle of all ages. It might also reduce processing costs and waste of some organs that have needed to be discarded.