News | canada.com network: "In the 1980s, Canada imported 191 cows from the United Kingdom. In 1993, one was found to have mad cow disease. Despite a federal monitoring program, the government lost track of 80 of the animals, which entered the food chain.
'It is in all likelihood, if not a certainty, the source of the contamination of the Alberta cow,' said Gareau.
A spokeswoman for Agriculture Minister Andy Mitchell said the government was not yet able to comment on the suits.
'We're not in a position to speculate until there has been an opportunity to review the full statement and assess the issues,' Elizabeth Whiting said from Ottawa. "