GOOD NEWS: It was touch and go for a while, but the U.S. has re-affirmed its intent to re-open the border to young Canadian cattle on March 7. The ban against meat from older cattle and live cattle older than 30 months of age will remain in place for now. Photo by James Menzies
CALGARY, Alta. – The U.S. has re-affirmed its plans to re-open its border to live Canadian cattle on March 7.
The announcement was made recently, after a contingent of U.S. cattle professionals visited Canada to inspect the cattle industry’s meat handling practices.
The border has been closed since a case of Mad Cow disease surfaced on an Alberta farm in May, 2003.
Two new Mad Cow cases earlier this year jeopardized the March 7 re-opening of the border, however, U.S. officials say the border will re-open as planned.
The ban will remain in effect for cattle older than 30 months of age and meat coming from those animals.
That ban could be lifted after the U.S. completes its investigation into the most recent cases of Mad Cow disease in Canada.
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