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From: TSS ()
Subject: SAUDI BANS CANADA BEEF IMPORTS OVER MAD COW FEARS
Date: March 21, 2005 at 7:52 am PST

Saudi Bans Canada Beef Imports Over Mad Cow Fears

Monday, March 21, 2005 8:40:10 AM ET

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia imposed a temporary ban on Monday on imports of Canadian beef because of incidents of mad cow disease in Canada, the Saudi trade and industry ministry said.

It said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency the decision was taken in light of reports from Canadian and international authorities "which indicated the presence of repeated cases of mad cow disease in Canada and the possibility of more cases being uncovered".

A Canadian embassy spokesman said Canada's meat exports to Saudi Arabia last year -- mainly beef -- were worth around C$ 2.5 million.

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