US To Reopen Border In November

US - On Nov. 19 the American border will reopen to live Canadian animals (born after March 1, 1999) and beef products
calendar icon 21 September 2007
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Rule 2—the final minimal-risk rule on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy—was published in the US Federal Register Sept. 18.

The border was closed May 20, 2003 after BSE was discovered on a single Alberta cow. It partially reopened—allowing exports of cattle under 30 months of age—when Rule 1 was implemented in 2005.

Hugh Lynch-Staunton said the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association “agrees with the USDA’s assessment that there is negligible risk associated with the resumption of trade for these products. It is in line with the science-based, international standards of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).”

The CCA president said Rule 2 “demonstrates what we’ve known all along—that Canadian cattleand beef should be able to be exported to the United States and to the rest of the world.

“Canada is committed to following the OIE’s international guidelines and this sends a positive message to the rest of the world that the United States is committed to these same standards. We believe that all of our trading partners should be abiding by these science-based guidelines to trade,” Lynch-Staunton stated.

Source: FarmFocus

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