Brief filed to keep Canadian border open to U.S. cattle and beef; Mexico lifts ban on U.S. and Canadian beef.
The groups also noted that warnings by groups like R-CALF that restoring trade with Canada would hamper U.S. export efforts have proven false, pointing out countries like Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Chile, Egypt, St. Lucia, Philippines, Cuba and Taiwan have reopened their markets to U.S. beef. "Once again, a fringe group is attempting to slam shut the border with our largest trading partner by using alarmist rhetoric about food safety and consumer confidence when they know that Canadian beef is every bit as safe as the beef raised in this country," said J. Patrick Boyle, president and CEO of the American Meat Institute. "While R-CALF puts on its Chicken Little outfit and tries to convince consumers that the sky is falling, Americans and Canadians continue to enjoy and consume the best and safest beef in the world," he said.
A ban on Canadian and U.S. beef on the bone has been lifted by Mexico as a result of a softening towards bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) found in those two countries. Mexico said imports of beef on the bone from its northern neighbors would have to meet minimum requirements and were limited to beef from cattle younger than 30 months. Mexico's Agriculture Ministry said Canada and the United States had met international standards to avoid the spread of the brain wasting disease.
Mexico still forbids imports of U.S. live cattle, brains and other offal due to the BSE scare, which began in December 2003. Mexico was the world's second biggest importer of U.S. beef and cattle before the crisis broke, buying up to $1billion of U.S. beef annually.
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|Publication:||Food & Drink Weekly|
|Date:||Feb 6, 2006|
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