Senators Propose Resolution of Disapproval To Minimal Risk Rule For Cattle and Beef

US - Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) introduced a Resolution of Disapproval in the United States Senate that, if passed, would express the U.S. Senate’s dissatisfaction with the USDA’s decision to expand the list of allowable beef and cattle imports from countries recognized as presenting a minimal risk of introducing bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) into the United States.
calendar icon 8 October 2007
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Senator Dorgan is joined by Senators Michael Enzi (R-WY), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Kent Conrad (D-ND), John Thune (R-SD), Jon Tester, (D-MT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and John Barrasso (R-WY).

The rule, which is set to take effect Nov. 19, will allow the importation of:

  • live cattle and other bovines for any use born on or after March 1, 1999;
  • all beef and beef products;
  • blood and blood products derived from bovines, collected under certain conditions; and,
  • casings and part of the small intestine derived from bovines

A Resolution of Disapproval does not impact agency policy unless both the U.S. House and Senate pass it and the President supports it with his signature.

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