WASHINGTON, D.C. — The last restrictions on Canadian cattle and beef exports into the US will be lifted today, with cattle over 30 months of age and their meat products allowed to cross the border for the first time in more than four years.
Older live cattle and their meat have been banned since a case of mad cow disease was discovered in Alberta in 2003. The US has declared Canadas mad cow risk as negligible, allowing for exports to resume.
The ban has cost the Canadian cattle industry a reported $1.7 billion. Some US farm groups such as R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America, have rallied to have the ban extended. The National Cattlemens Beef Association, however, said the US should allow older Canadian cattle and meat products if it expects the world to follow suit when it comes to US cattle exports.
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