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From: TSS (216-119-143-128.ipset23.wt.net)
Subject: Congressman Obey: USDA Should Use Caution with Canadian BSE Case
Date: January 4, 2005 at 9:42 am PST

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Subject: Congressman Obey: USDA Should Use Caution with Canadian BSE Case
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2005 11:19:12 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@LISTSERV.KALIV.UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Obey: USDA Should Use Caution with Canadian BSE Case
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/04/2005

A Wisconsin Congressman is calling upon the USDA to delay the relaxation
of restrictions on the importation of live cattle from Canada into the
United States after the country announced over the weekend it has
confirmed another case of Mad Cow Disease. In a letter to Agriculture
Secretary Ann Veneman, Rep. Dave Obey said he was concerned to hear that
USDA is proposing to relax current restrictions on the importation of
live Canadian cattle into the United States.

"Such an announcement, coming one day after an announcement by the
Canadian Government that it has confirmed another case of Mad Cow
disease in Canada, will do nothing to inspire confidence among consumers
of beef in the United States or indicate that USDA has, as a priority,
the safety of the food supply and the health of Americans," wrote Obey.
"Together with the discovery in late-2003 of the disease in Washington
State, the full details of which still have to emerge, in a cow imported
from Canada, this latest case would appear to be the third incidence of
Canadian-bred cattle found to be infected with BSE."

The Wausau Democrat says he also urged the ag department to adopt a more
cautious approach the focused more on ensuring the safety of the food
supply through greater surveillance and testing.

"Until we know more about the circumstances of the latest discovery and
how it may be related to other cases, USDA should at least delay the
lifting of restrictions on the importation of live Canadian cattle,"
Obey said.

This is the second case of Mad Cow that Canada has announced since early
2003.

http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-state.cfm?Id=17&yr=2005

TSS

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