USDA Resumes Plans to Ease Canadian Cattle Imports

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Nov. 29, 2006

USDA Resumes Plans to Ease Canadian Cattle Imports

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has resubmitted a proposal to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that would allow shipments into the U.S. of Canadian cattle more than 30 months of age and beef from such animals, according to Reuters.

This is the agency’s second attempt at reopening the border to older Canadian cattle. USDA delayed its initial proposal after Canada announced in July a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in an animal born in 2002, several years after the 1997 feed ban.

Currently, the U.S. only allows importation of animals 30 months or younger and boneless beef from such cattle. If approved by the OMB, the rule will undergo public comment before it is initiated, Reuters reports

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