CALGARY, Alta. - The U.S. has published a proposal that would allow Canadian cattle to once again cross the border by early 2004.The proposal was issued recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture,...
CALGARY, Alta. – The U.S. has published a proposal that would allow Canadian cattle to once again cross the border by early 2004.
The proposal was issued recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is subject to a 60-day review period.
It would apply to cattle under the age of 30 months and would see Canada once again deemed a country of minimal risk for mad cow disease.
“The United States has a long history of having safeguards in place to prevent the introduction of BSE,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman said in a news release.
“The continued protection of the U.S. food supply is our top priority. This proposal reflects a thorough review of the scientific evidence, which shows the risk to public health to be extremely low.”
It’s estimated Canadian beef producers have lost more than $1 billion during the beef ban that came into effect May 20 after a single Canadian cow was discovered to have mad cow disease.
Initially, all beef products were also banned from entering the U.S., however, that ban was lifted on certain cuts of meat once Canada had taken safeguards to ensure its meat supply was safe. Livestock haulers, however, have seen up to 100 per cent of their business dissolve.
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