Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

November 28, 2006 10:04 ET

AAFC/Minister's Statement: Encouraging News for Canada's Beef and Cattle Industry

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 28, 2006) - 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) restarted the administrative process to further normalize beef and cattle trade.

"Canada's New Government is encouraged by the USDA's decision to resubmit its second Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) rule for interagency review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This is the last step before publication of the rule for public comment.

"During my visit to Washington, D.C., in September, Secretary Johanns and I discussed the importance of the second BSE rule to industry on both sides of the border. Resuming the OMB process indicates that normalizing trade remains a priority and a shared objective of our two governments.

"Canadian officials will continue to work with their American counterparts to ensure that older animals from Canada, products derived from them, as well as breeding stock may be traded as soon as possible. Pursuing the interests of Canadian farm families remains a priority of this government."

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Minister Strahl's office
    Jeff Howard
    Press Secretary