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From: TSS (216-119-144-34.ipset24.wt.net)
Subject: HARKIN URGES USDA TO WITHDRAW AND REWORK CANADIAN BORDER RULE ABOUT BSE AKA MAD COW DISEASE
Date: January 27, 2005 at 2:40 pm PST

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Subject: HARKIN URGES USDA TO WITHDRAW AND REWORK CANADIAN BORDER RULE ABOUT BSE AKA MAD COW DISEASE
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 16:05:38 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@LISTSERV.KALIV.UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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HARKIN URGES USDA TO WITHDRAW AND REWORK CANADIAN BORDER RULE

THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Citing concerns that extend beyond just trade with
Canada, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today urged Agriculture Secretary Mike
Johanns to withdraw the rule opening the Canadian border to a broader
range of cattle and beef products. USDA issued a final rule that would
allow live cattle under 30 months of age as well as an expanded number
and list of beef products to enter the United States. The rule would
take effect on March 7. Harkin is the ranking Democrat on the Senate
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, which will hold a hearing
on the subject February 3, 2005. Secretary Johanns is expected to
testify at the hearing.

I am urging USDA and Secretary Johanns to withdraw and rework its rule
for opening the Canadian border to live cattle and additional types of
beef products, Harkin said. I am concerned this rule was specially
written to reopen the border with Canada and too little thought was
given to its details and implications. Our first concern must be to
assure the safety of our food supply and the health of our U.S. cattle
industry.

Harkins concerns center around how a country is categorized a BSE
minimal risk region, and USDAs departure from World Organization of
Animal Health (OIE ) standards they have purported to follow. The rule
appears to be narrowly focused on broadening trade with Canada rather
than a comprehensive approach aimed at reopening trade with all markets
that have been closed to the U.S. following the December 2003
identification of a BSE-positive cow in Washington state. By choosing
less protective safeguards than the OIE standards suggest, USDA is
creating the risk that other countries with a higher prevalence of BSE
than Canada may try and get their products into the U.S. Harkin is
concerned that imports from Canada under USDAs current plan would
potentially jeopardize U.S. efforts to restore beef trade with countries
like Japan and South Koreawho are likely to require stricter safeguards
than the U.S. is requiring of Canada.

This is a very serious issue whose proper resolution is absolutely
critical, Harkin said. USDA needs to work with all our major trading
partners to come up with an acceptable framework for determining which
countries or regions can be classified as minimum risk, and what
products are safe to export and import from them.

Harkin continued, I will be writing Secretary Johanns prior to the
February 3 hearing outlining in detail my concerns. I hope we can have
an honest and frank discussion during that hearing that will result in a
solid, safe, well-thought-out rule on cattle and beef trade with
countries known to have BSE. Until that time, I believe Secretary
Johanns and USDA should withdraw the rule.

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http://harkin.senate.gov/news.cfm?id=231060

TSS

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