The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, or CFIA, said Friday that it is tracking down animals connected to the country's second case of BSE, according to a Dow Jones report.



The infected Alberta animal, announced last week, had two calves, both of which died of causes unrelated to BSE, said the CFIA's Gary Little during an industry briefing Friday. The CFIA said it also is looking into animals born on the same farm within one year of the infected animal's October 1996 birth.



Such animals -- born during the period of 1995-1997 -- included 93 dairy cattle and 48 beef cattle, said Little. Of the dairy cattle, 55 were bull calves and were likely slaughtered before reaching 24 months of age, said Little. The CFIA has located and quarantined nine of the remaining dairy cattle and continues to trace the rest, he said.



Of the 48 beef cattle, most were likely slaughtered under 24 months of age, Little said, although the CFIA will continue to research their eventual fate, tracking down the feedlots they moved to.



Given the integrated nature of the North American cattle sector, some of the animals may have been exported to the U.S., he said. A portion of the slaughtered animals likely entered the rendering stream, and some may have entered the food system, he said.



This case is moving faster than the country's 2003 BSE case, as the CFIA has been able to quickly establish where and when the infected animal was born, said Little. He said the CFIA will continue to trace animals that are part of the "birth cohort," adding that it is premature to talk about how many animals will eventually be euthanized under the investigation.



The CFIA is also undertaking a full and comprehensive investigation of the feeding practices on the farm in question, said Little.