Russia lifted its ban on cattle from British Columbia, Canada, because mad cow disease, also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, is no longer a concern there, Russian food safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said.
The ban on cattle from the western province dates back to outbreaks of BSE in the country in 2003, Moscow-based Rosselkhoznadzor said in an e-mailed statement today. The Russian embargo was lifted in other parts of Canada in 2007.
BSE is a transmissible brain disease that is fatal for cattle, according to the World Health Organization. Eating meat from BSE-infected animals has been tied to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, an incurable human illness that destroys brain tissue.
The Canadian Embassy press officer in Moscow was not available for comment when phoned after regular office hours.