Timeline of Events: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy - Alberta - 2015

November 30

The CFIA releases its report on the investigation of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in Alberta in 2015.

April 9

The CFIA resumes issuing export certificates for China.

March 25-April 8

The CFIA continues its investigation on the confirmed BSE find.

The Agency continues to update industry and trading partners on the latest developments and the Agency's ongoing response to the situation.

March 12-March 24

The CFIA continues its investigation on the confirmed BSE find.

The Agency continues to update industry and trading partners on the latest developments and the Agency's ongoing response to the situation.

March 6-March 11

The CFIA continues its investigation on the confirmed BSE find.

The Agency continues to update industry on the latest developments and the Agency's ongoing response to the situation.

March 5

Canada's Chief Veterinary Officer and the President of the CFIA attend the Beef Cattle and Pork Advisory Committee meeting, to provide an update on the latest developments in the Agency's ongoing response to the confirmed BSE find and respond to questions.

March 4

Canada's Chief Veterinary Officer attends the Beef Value Chain Round Table meeting to provide an update on latest developments in the Agency's ongoing response to the confirmed BSE find.

The Agency continues to update industry on the latest developments and the Agency's ongoing response to the situation

February 28-March 3

The CFIA continues its investigation on the confirmed BSE find.

February 27

The CFIA holds a technical briefing to provide an update on the investigation.

The Agency continues to update industry on the latest developments and the Agency's ongoing response to the situation.

Canada stops issuing certificates for export of beef and beef products to China.

February 23-26

The CFIA continues its investigation on the confirmed BSE find.

The Agency continues to update industry on the latest developments and the Agency's ongoing response to the situation.

February 21-22

The CFIA continues its investigation on the confirmed BSE find.

Taiwan temporarily imposes trade restrictions on beef and beef products.

The Agency continues to update industry on the latest developments and the Agency's ongoing response to the situation.

February 20

The CFIA addresses the Alberta Beef Industry Conference to provide an update on the latest developments and the Agency's ongoing response to the situation. The Agency also continues to update industry associations through a conference call.

Peru imposes temporary trade restrictions on beef products. Belarus also imposes temporary trade restrictions on beef and beef products.

February 19

The CFIA continues its investigation on the confirmed BSE find.

The Agency continues to update industry on the latest developments and the Agency's ongoing response to the situation.

Canada's Chief Veterinary Officer continues to engage provincial and international counterparts.

February 18

The CFIA holds a technical briefing to provide an update on the investigation.

The CFIA holds a conference call to update industry on the latest developments and the Agency's ongoing response to the situation.

The CFIA reports the case to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), in line with Canada's international obligations and the Agency's commitment to transparency.

Indonesia imposes temporary import restrictions on non-edible by-products for non-ruminant consumption.

February 17

The CFIA determines that the affected cow was born in March 2009 and confirms that the birth farm is located in northern Alberta, near Edmonton. The birth farm is placed under quarantine.

February 14-16

The CFIA continues its investigation on the confirmed BSE find.

The CFIA and federal partners continue to engage trading partners and industry on market access.

February 13

Following the protocol reached between Canada and South Korea to restore access for Canadian beef in 2012, South Korea suspends importation of Canadian beef, pending further information on the confirmed BSE find.

The CFIA holds a technical briefing related to the BSE positive case found in Alberta.

February 12

The CFIA notifies trading partners of the new finding and posts the information on its website.

February 11

The CFIA confirms BSE in one beef cow in Alberta.

The CFIA continues to gather information on the animal's herd of origin and to trace the suspect animal's offspring.

February 10

The CFIA gathers preliminary information on the suspect animal's herd of origin.

February 9

The CFIA receives a tissue sample from the affected animal and begins confirmatory testing at its laboratory in Lethbridge.

CFIA inspectors follow up at the farm, obtain additional samples, discuss next steps with the producer and begin the investigation.

February 7

The province of Alberta reports a non-negative test for BSE to the CFIA.

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