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Jul 01, 2003

Jul 01, 2003

Experts recommend bolstering BSE precautions in Canada

(CIDRAP News) – A team of experts who reviewed Canada's response to the recent mad cow disease case in Alberta recommended last week that Canada increase its efforts to ensure that high-risk parts of cattle do not end up in either human food or animal feed.

Jun 10, 2003

Jun 10, 2003

BSE hunt in Canada winds down; no new cases found

(CIDRAP News) – The hunt for additional cattle infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Canada is winding down after uncovering no evidence of the disease in about 2,700 cattle, Canadian officials announced yesterday.

Jun 06, 2003

Jun 06, 2003

Canadian bulls shipped to US deemed unlikely to pose BSE risk

(CIDRAP News) – Five bulls having possible links to the Canadian cow that had mad cow disease were shipped into the United States, but it is unlikely that any of the bulls were infected with the disease, US officials said this week.

Jun 03, 2003

Jun 03, 2003

FAO says BSE finding in Canada proves surveillance is working

(CIDRAP News) – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says the recent detection of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a Canadian cow shows that active surveillance programs for BSE are working.

"The identification of a single case of BSE is not a cause for panic," Andrew Speedy of the FAO's Animal Production and Health Division said in a news release from the agency's Rome headquarters.

May 27, 2003

May 27, 2003

No more BSE cases found as Canadian probe widens

(CIDRAP News) – Initial testing of more than 370 cattle from several herds in Alberta's investigation into bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) detected no cases beyond the single case revealed May 20, according to Canadian agriculture officials.

May 20, 2003

May 20, 2003

'Mad cow disease' case confirmed in Alberta

(CIDRAP News) – Postmortem tests have confirmed that a cow from an Alberta farm had bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, Canadian officials announced today. The news marked the first known BSE case in North America since another Alberta case was found in 1993.

Apr 11, 2003

Apr 11, 2003

SARS could be biggest disease threat since AIDS, says WHO expert

(CIDRAP News) – The head of the World Health Organization's (WHO's) communicable disease programs says severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) may pose a more serious global health threat than any other new disease in the past 20-plus years, with the sole exception of AIDS.

Mar 05, 2003

Mar 05, 2003

USDA begins testing for spinal cord in mechanically separated beef

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture says it has begun routine sampling of beef from "advanced meat recovery" (AMR) systems to make sure it doesn't contain spinal cord tissue. AMR systems mechanically cut meat from carcasses without breaking bones.

Feb 20, 2003

Feb 20, 2003

CDC finds no CWD-CJD link in Wisconsin deaths

(CIDRAP News) – An investigation of the deaths of three men who had shared wild game feasts at a Wisconsin cabin revealed no evidence that the men's degenerative brain diseases were related to chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jan 22, 2003

Jan 22, 2003

USDA reports increased efforts to prevent BSE

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it more than tripled the number of cattle it tested for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, in fiscal year 2002 and is making progress on other regulatory steps to keep BSE out of the country.

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