Key Topic – Canadian BSE case

On Feb. 11, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed Canada’s 20th BSE case in a beef cow in Alberta. The cow’s birth date was March 2009.

A week later, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) reported that the case is C-type (classical), which suggests a connection to cattle feed.

USMEF continues to monitor this situation for any changes in trading partners’ beef import requirements or other developments. So far China, South Korea, Peru, Taiwan and Belarus have suspended imports of Canadian beef. South Korea’s action was not surprising, as it was agreed to in the recently implemented Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement. Peru’s suspension is for 180 days, which is consistent with the action Peru took in response to Brazil’s recent BBSE cases. Even before the BSE case was announced, U.S. beef derived from cattle of Canadian origin was ineligible for export to Peru.

CFIA announced the China suspension in late February, but did not provide further details. China was Canada’s fifth-largest export market in 2014 – 6,831 mt valued at $36.4 million.

UPDATE: On April 9, CFIA announced that it had resumed issuing export certificates for China. USMEF has also learned that Egypt has suspended imports of beef from the province of Alberta, though Egypt is not a large destination for Canadian beef.