CALGARY, Alta. — The U.S. has lifted its ban on some Canadian meat products including meat from cattle under the age of 30 months, veal from calves 36 weeks or younger and fresh or frozen beef liver.
Pet food, boneless sheep and goat meat from animals under one year of age and vaccines for veterinary medicine for non-ruminant use will also be allowed to cross into the U.S. from Canada, according to reports.
However, the ban on live cattle will remain in effect for now, and won’t likely be lifted before the end of this month, according to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Anne Veneman.
"We closely reviewed the (international) standards for BSE, the investigation conducted by Canada and the international expert panel review of the investigation," Veneman said earlier today. "In addition, we reviewed the Canadian system of beef processing and production and concluded it has been and continues to be based on a strong foundation of BSE preventative measures."
Japan is still adamant the U.S. keep its border closed to live Canadian cattle, threatening to ban U.S. beef if full-fledged trade resumes. Country-of-origin labeling laws, already on the table in the U.S. could convince Japan to lift its demand.
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