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From: TSS (216-119-156-30.ipset36.wt.net)
Subject: No Canadian cattle until COOL is implemented U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD)
Date: January 17, 2005 at 1:16 pm PST

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Subject: No Canadian cattle until COOL is implemented U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD)
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2005 13:22:27 -0600
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Johnson: Legislation Necessary to Keep Out Canadian Cattle


'COOL Must be Implemented First, for the sake of Consumer Confidence'

Monday, January 17th, 2005

Sioux Falls, SDU.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) today announced that
legislation to keep the U.S.-Canadian border closed to imports of live
Canadian cattle until mandatory country-of-origin labeling is
implemented is necessary, as the Department of Agriculture (USDA)
proceeds toward opening the border. Johnson said he will introduce
bipartisan legislation when the Senate returns to legislative session.

"No Canadian cattle until COOL is implemented," said Johnson. "I've
always thought COOL should be in place to let people make an informed
choice about their meat. Now, with two Canadian cases of Mad Cow in as
many weeks, we need COOL to protect consumer confidence in beef.
Anything less is reckless. We can't have USDA opening the floodgates to
Canadian cattle-- this legislation is necessary."

Johnson was joined at a Sioux Falls press conference by South Dakota
Stockgrowers Association Member and Regional R-CALF USA Director Herman
Schumacher.

"Our food safety is at stake," said Schumacher. "Without consumers, we
ranchers are out of business. With COOL in place, consumers have a
choice and producers have a fair deal."

Johnson, the author of the country-of-origin labeling provision included
in the 2002 Farm Bill, expressed concerns to USDA and the White House in
letters dated January 3, following confirmation of the last case of Mad
Cow. Johnson requested that USDA reconsider the March timeline for
opening the U.S.-Canadian border to live cattle. Johnson renewed those
concerns last Tuesday following Canada's second announcement of a case
of Mad Cow in as many weeks.

Mandatory country-of-origin labeling is scheduled to be implemented by
September 2006. USDA's proposed rule to open the U.S.-Canada border to
imports of live Canadian cattle would take effect in March of this year.

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http://johnson.senate.gov/~johnson/releases/200501/2005117422.html

TSS

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