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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says that it is conducting preliminary tests to find out if a 50-month dairy cow from Alberta has bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), better known as mad cow disease.

The cow, which died in an Alberta farm and di not enter either the human or animal food chains, was born after a nationwide ban on animal remnants in cow feed, a ban that was supposed to help eliminate future cases of BSE.

If confirmed, this would be Canada’s seventh case of BSE.
KC's View:
Poor Canada.

There they are, just a border away to the north, and they simply don’t have the same controls as the US. We are assured by our government that while three cases have been found in the US, the statistical likelihood is that there are, at maximum, a total of between four and seven cases of BSE in the US – which is why testing should be cut back.

You have to wonder why we’re so lucky, and Canada is so unfortunate.

Unless, of course, Canada also has a maximum of seven BSE cases…and is all done.

We’re guessing this isn’t terribly likely.