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From: TSS (216-119-144-64.ipset24.wt.net)
Subject: Re: Canada Confirms Mad-Cow Case, Further Clouding U.S. Import Plan
Date: January 12, 2005 at 9:40 am PST

In Reply to: Canada Confirms Mad-Cow Case, Further Clouding U.S. Import Plan posted by Terry S. Singeltary Sr. on January 12, 2005 at 8:46 am:

Jan. 11, 2005, 10:42PM
Canada reports a third case
Latest mad cow incident may delay border's reopening
By NELSON ANTOSH
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

RESOURCES
AP file
A Japanese meat dealer examines cattle carcasses in Tokyo in January.

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Canada's latest case of mad cow disease, announced Tuesday, provides new ammunition for the foes of the U.S. government's plan to open the border to Canadian cattle in March.

The troubling aspect of this case, the third for Canada, was that the cow was born in March 1998, after an August 1997 manufacturing ban started on feed containing meat and bone meal from cows and sheep.

This recent case involves a beef animal from the province of Alberta. The other two were dairy cattle.

That the United States may be rethinking its plan to reopen the border was disclosed in a statement Tuesday by Ron DeHaven, administration of the federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, who said the agency will send a technical team to Canada.

"The result of our investigation and analysis will be used to evaluate appropriate next steps in regard to the minimal risk rule published last week," he wrote in a statement. Some in the industry regarded the use of "next steps" as cryptic.

Canada's borders, to the economic dismay of ranchers there, were slammed shut in 2003 after the first case.

The American Meat Institute, which represents packers, is among those organizations still pushing to open the borders to live Canadian cattle and meat products.

At the time of the feed ban, a certain amount of feed was already in the pipeline and was likely to be used, it said.

Similarly, the Canadian Cattlemen's Association pointed out that there was no recall at the time of feed, just a halt to manufacturing.

Scientists generally agree that getting ruminant-based material out of the feed breaks the transmission cycle of the brain-wasting disease, called bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE.

The powerful National Cattlemen's Beef Association worried Tuesday about Canada's compliance with the feed ban, while at the same time saying it was committed to normalizing global trade.

"In light of the recent finds of BSE in Canadian cattle and the fact that this last animal was born after Canada's feed ban, we demand that the USDA and the Food and Drug Administration investigate Canada's feed ban compliance," the association's president, Jan Lyons, said in a written statement.

Once the questions about Canada's compliance are answered, the organization will consider its position on reopening the border.

Current plans calls for allowing in animals under 30 months of age, which scientists believe would be of minimal risk.

But U.S. cattlemen are still wary of the prospect following Tuesday's revelation.

"This further proves we need to wait a little longer, March 7 is way too early," said Shane Sklar, executive director of the Independent Cattlemen's Association of Texas.

He added that members of the organization also fear the economic impact of some 2 million cattle crossing into the United States at a time when beef exports to Japan and South Korea are still shut off.

Similarly, the National Farmers Union called for the federal government to abandon plans to reopen the border.

nelson.antosh@chron.com

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/business/2988869

"The result of our investigation and analysis will be used to evaluate appropriate next steps in regard to the minimal risk rule published last week," he wrote in a statement. Some in the industry regarded the use of "next steps" as cryptic.

NO NO, it's what the lay person calls making the rules up as you go
along. HAS nothing to do with science anymore $$$

TSS




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