Canada’s application for negligible risk status for BSE has been approved.
The World Organization for Animal Health, known as the OIE, announced the change from controlled status today.
Canada had applied for the designation through the voluntary process last summer.
The change will mean improved beef and live cattle trade 18 years after the discovery of a single case closed international borders and increased costs throughout the sector.
Other livestock species were also caught up in the border closures.
In the end, 19 cattle tested positive, as did one in the United States.
The last case discovered in Canada occurred in 2015, in a cow born in 2009. To obtain negligible risk status there could be no cases in animals born within the previous 11 years.
The OIE also declared Ireland could move from controlled to negligible risk for BSE.