CALGARY, Alta. — An internal report by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) suggests it will be years – not months – before countries re-open their borders to Canadian beef.
The report was obtained by the Canadian Press under Access to Information laws. The report reads that restrictions “are unlikely to change very quickly (years rather than months) since an international consensus will be required to do this.”
The report was written before a second case of BSE was detected and then traced back to Alberta. The report also insists Canada has to do more to ease concerns of beef importers and singles out Japan, which tests all cattle for BSE before slaughter, as a good example.
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