Canadian officials announced Tuesday that a cow in Alberta has a confirmed case of Mad Cow Disease.

The 8-year-old cow was slaughtered on Jan. 31 because of suspected pneumonia, Canadian agriculture officials said in a news conference on Tuesday.

"The herd has been quarantined,” Canadian Agriculture Minister Lyle Vanclief said in a news conference attended by the Associated Press. “A trace on the animal is being done. The animal did not go into the food chain."

According to the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, Canadian standards are among the highest in the world and Canada has an excellent record of disease eradication. The association said in a release: "We will take every step necessary to meet this challenge and to regain our excellent reputation for herd health."

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, after speaking to Canadian officials, immediately put up an import barrier to help prevent the disease from spreading into the United States.

“USDA is placing Canada under its BSE restriction guidelines and will not accept any ruminants or ruminant products from Canada pending further investigation,” Veneman said Tuesday. “We are dispatching a technical team to Canada to assist in the investigation and will provide more detailed information as it becomes available."

The Associated Press, USDA