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January 24, 2006
Canada Confirms 4th Mad Cow Disease Case

The U.S. agriculture secretary said there are no plans to stop importing Canadian beef after the country detected another case of mad cow.

Dr. Brian Evans, Canada's chief veterinary officer, said a 6-year-old cow at an Alberta farm tested positive for the nerve disease. Evans said the animal never entered the food chain.

.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said he's "confident in the safety of beef."

Industry officials said the cow is old enough to have been infected by eating feed left over after a 1997 ban on using cattle parts in feed.

The United States banned Canadian beef in May 2003 after its first case of mad cow disease. The U.S. border reopened to Canadian cattle in July.

The head of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association said four cows in his country have tested positive. One shipped to the United States was also found to be infected.

The cattle disease is linked to a rare and fatal human nerve disorder.

Source : nbc11