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From: TSS (216-119-144-45.ipset24.wt.net)
Subject: Johnson-Enzi Legislation Would Keep Border Shut Until COOL is in Place
Date: January 25, 2005 at 1:43 pm PST

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Subject: Johnson-Enzi Legislation Would Keep Border Shut Until COOL is in Place
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2005 14:18:45 -0600
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Johnson-Enzi Legislation Would Keep Border Shut Until COOL is in Place


Bipartisan Bill Would Protect Consumer Confidence, Export Markets

Monday, January 24, 2005

Washington, DC—U.S. Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Mike Enzi (R-WY)
today introduced legislation to keep the U.S.-Canadian border closed to
imports of live Canadian cattle until mandatory country-of-origin
labeling (COOL) is implemented. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is
currently working to open the border as early as March.

"This legislation says no Canadian cattle until COOL is implemented,"
said Johnson. "COOL lets consumers make an informed choice about the
origin of their meat. With two Canadian cases of Mad Cow in as many
weeks, any other course is reckless. I won't stand by and watch while
USDA opens the floodgates to Canadian cattle, threatening consumer
confidence and our export markets."

"The recent cases of mad cow in Canada make implementing country of
origin labeling an even more pressing issue for the 109th Congress. This
legislative body owes it to the producers of this nation to do all that
we can to protect consumer confidence in the products produced by
hardworking Americans," said Enzi. "I am hopeful that the new Secretary
of Agriculture will see the importance and benefit of fully implementing
COOL. It is imperative that we prevent the flow of diseased animals
across our borders to ensure that our food supply is not at risk."

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 following Canada's second announcement of a case of Mad Cow in
as many weeks.

Enzi has worked to keep American consumers informed as well as bolster
American agricultural markets with COOL implementation. Most recently
Enzi called on the USDA to withdraw the final rule to open the border to
live cattle from Canada this spring.

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/200501/2005124639.html

TSS

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