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BSE Losing Sizzle, Latest Case Shows

18 April 2006

CANADA - Mad cow disease seems to be losing its shock value, judging from the muted response to our fifth confirmed case. Beef and livestock prices barely budged when the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed on the weekend that a B.C. dairy cow had tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. The six-year-old dairy cow didn't make front pages, unlike her predecessors with the same condition in recent years, when confirmed cases caused livestock markets to crash, raised swift trade barriers and caused widespread public comment, if not panic, far beyond agricultural circles.

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Source: Ottawa Sun


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