Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

January 05, 2007 17:52 ET

AAFC: Minister Strahl Pleased with USDA Proposal to Expand List of Allowable Animal Imports

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 5, 2007) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its second Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) rule for public comment.

"Canada's New Government is pleased that we are a step closer to resuming safe cross-border trade in older animals from Canada, products derived from them, as well as breeding stock with the publication by the USDA of its second BSE rule for public comment.

"This second BSE rule is important to industry on both sides of the border. We commend the U.S. for its leadership by proceeding with another important action toward normalizing trade between our two countries. Internationally, this rule reinforces the message that safe trade can continue when appropriate BSE safeguards are in place, as is the case in Canada and the U.S.

"The full restoration of trade based on internationally recognized science standards that protect animal and public health, and food safety remains a priority and a shared objective of our two governments. We will work closely once again with the industry, provinces and other federal government departments to develop the Government of Canada's comments on the USDA's proposed second BSE rule."

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Ottawa, ON
    Media Relations
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    or
    Minister Strahl's office
    Jeff Howard
    613-759-1059