|February 14, 2005,
as reported by just-food.com: Canadian officials
are blaming an overlap period between animal feed rule
changes and full implementation of the new rules as the
potential cause of January 11’s mad cow.
“The feed component of the investigation determined
that BSE may have been transmitted to the affected animal
through feed produced shortly after the feed ban was
introduced,” the agency said in a statement on
the investigation’s findings.
Contaminated feed produced shortly after a ban on risk
materials emerged as the prime suspect according in
an investigation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Canada banned the Specified Risk Material which can
contain BSE agents in 1997. “At that time it is
likely that the feed ban was not immediately adopted
uniformly across the feed industry,” the agency
said. “Similar experiences have been observed
in all countries with BSE that have implemented feed
controls. The detection of an affected animal born after
the feed ban was not unexpected.”
Canadian officials are conducting a review of how the
ban is working, the agency said.