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No mad cow link to Canada feed on import alert, according to FDA

January 26, 2004
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Reuters reports that the 14 Canadian feed and grain plants placed on "import alert" for shipping tainted feed to the United States are not part of an ongoing investigation into the first U.S. case of mad cow disease, a Food and Drug Administration official told Reuters on Friday. The FDA imposed import restrictions on the 14 grain companies, canola plants, elevators and feed mills, after finding prohibited meat material in their shipments. Some of the companies dispute the FDA''s claim that their feed was tainted, saying their own tests showed no presence of animal tissue. The agency has prohibited animal protein in Canadian feed imports since Canada''s discovery of mad cow disease last May in a black Angus cow from Alberta. The United States on Dec. 23 reported its own case of the brain wasting disease in a Washington state dairy cow, imported from the same Canadian province in 2001. The 14 agriculture companies whose Canadian plants are listed on the FDA import alert list include Archer Daniels Midland, Bunge, Louis Dreyfus, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, and Agricore United. The plants are required to test all feed shipments bound for the United States for traces of animal tissue. The FDA official said a total of 17 Canadian plants were on the list, but three have since been removed. Two plants are currently under review for possible removal.
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