From warmwell archive for June 17 2003
June 17 ~ "It's been investigated to death"
Yes indeed. In a story that has strange parallels with the WMD search, we read "Final mad cow quarantines lifted, no BSE found." CTVNewsAt11 (external links)
"The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says
tests on a final 700 animals have failed to turn up any new cases of BSE.
"All the results are now in,'' said CFIA spokesman Dr. Claude Lavigne.
"Everything that we'll ever get is here. There's no more to be gained here.
It's been investigated to death.''
Pro-Med says: "In total, about 2700 cattle have been removed from farms and they have all
been destroyed. Rapid diagnostic testing has been completed and all results
are negative. The traditional tests are partially completed and all are
negative to date. Negative results means that the incidence of BSE in
Canada remains confined to one cow."
Lavigne acknowledged that investigators may never nail down the source of
"The trail is cold and we're not going to find a definite source of this
See also entry for May 26 where the ProMed moderator wrote: ".. there is no scientific justification for slaughtering herds that were in contact with the infected animal or its offspring. BSE cannot be passed by casual contact."