Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

April 06, 2006 17:36 ET

AAFC: Minister's Statement-Minister Strahl Applauds Decision Denying Request to Close U.S. Border to Canadian Cattle and Other Ruminants

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 6, 2006) - "The U.S. District Court of Montana sided with internationally recognized science standards today and has denied a request from Ranchers-Cattleman Action Legal Fund (R-CALF) to permanently close the U.S. border to Canadian cattle and other ruminants. This is a great development for the Canadian industry. I applaud U.S Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns' continued determination to move towards a normalization of trade on the basis of sound scientific norms and principles.

"Canadian officials and industry have worked extremely hard to see this day and I am pleased to be able to share it with Canadian producers and their families, the agriculture industry and government partners, whose ongoing commitment and determination have been key to this success. This relationship serves as a model of what can be achieved through close cooperation and partnerships between public sectors and private industry at all levels.

"The Government of Canada and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recognize that both our countries are best served by an integrated North American beef and ruminant market guided by internationally accepted science. In denying R-CALF's request for a permanent injunction, the U.S. District Court of Montana noted that the Ninth Circuit of Appeals had reviewed the Final Rule and concluded that the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture had a firm basis for determining that the resumption of imports from Canada would not significantly increase the risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

"Canada and the U.S. continue to have the same risk status for BSE. Both our countries have adopted extensive complementary and parallel measures to protect human and animal health, as well as food safety, based on internationally recognized science standards and we will continue to strive for the eradication of BSE from the North American herd and the normalization of trade."

Contact Information

  • Minister Strahl's Office
    Jeff Howard
    Press Secretary
    (613) 759-1059
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Media Relations
    (613) 759-7972