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BSE surveillance helps keep the cattle industry strong

September 16, 2011: The national bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) surveillance program continues to demonstrate the low and declining level of the disease in Canada, thereby supporting domestic and international confidence in Canadian beef.

A strong surveillance program means a strong industry. That’s why the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is reminding cattle producers across the country to continue to present eligible animals for testing under the program.

The CFIA is looking to test animals most at risk for the disease, which include

  • cattle over the age of 30 months that are dead, down, dying or diseased
  • cattle exhibiting clinical signs of BSE

Cattle producers should contact the nearest CFIA office or a veterinarian to make arrangements for surveillance sampling. In Alberta, producers should contact their veterinarian.

The CFIA provides financial support to offset the costs of veterinary examinations and carcass disposal (on-farm disposal or deadstock collection).

Specifically, the CFIA offers cattle producers $75 for eligible samples. The CFIA also pays veterinarians up to $100 for their services in the collection of samples.

For more information on the national BSE surveillance program

  • call 1-800-442-2342
  • visit www.inspection.gc.ca/bse_test