|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
Canadian officials are conducting a review of how the ban is working,
the agency said.