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Canada Says 'No' To Blood Ban

posted on January 30, 2004

Canada has no plans to ban the feeding of cow blood to cattle despite a U.S. assessment that blood could be a source for the spread of Mad Cow disease.

A spokesman for the Canadian agriculture ministry said scientific evidence indicates little risk that blood could be infectious. Even so, some scientists say there is evidence that prions, the infective bits of protein that cause Mad Cow, can spread through blood.

Blood is commonly used as a milk replacement for dairy calves. Most dairy calves are separated from their mothers within 12 months so their mother's milk can be marketed for human consumption.

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