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More countries restricting Canadian beef imports over mad cow concerns

CFIA website says Peru, Belarus and Taiwan have imposed temporary restrictions on beef imports due to case of mad cow disease



EDMONTON—More countries are restricting Canadian beef over concerns about mad cow disease.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website says Peru, Belarus and Taiwan have imposed temporary restrictions on beef imports.

Earlier this month, South Korea temporarily suspended imports after a beef breeding cow was discovered near Edmonton with mad cow disease, also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

Indonesia has imposed temporary import restrictions on some non-edible meat products.

The food safety agency says it is investigating the cow’s feed source and whether any other cattle have mad cow disease.

A case in 2003 at an Alberta farm devastated Canada’s beef industry as 40 countries closed their borders to Canadian cattle and beef products, although most of those markets have since reopened.

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