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March 02, 2005 20:05 ET

AAFC: Statement by The Honourable Andy Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food on R-CALF Court Challenge


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FOR: AGRICULTURE AND AGRI-FOOD CANADA

MARCH 2, 2005 - 20:05 ET

AAFC: Statement by The Honourable Andy Mitchell,
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food on R-CALF Court
Challenge

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 2, 2005) - I share the profound
disappointment of the Canadian livestock industry regarding today's U.S.
District Court decision to grant a preliminary injunction preventing the
implementation of the U.S. rule that would have allowed a resumption of
U.S. imports of live cattle, other ruminants and a wider range of
products derived from them. It has taken a lot of work and
collaboration on both sides of the border at all levels of both industry
and government to reach this point.

Canada and the United States have the same BSE risk status, and have
similar safeguards in place to protect human health, food safety and
animal health. The interests of consumers and producers on both sides of
the border would be served by reintegrating our ruminant and meat
markets to the fullest extent possible based on science. The science
indicates that the border should be reopened. We appreciate assurances
from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that they will
continue to work to ensure that science-based decision-making prevails
and that international trade needs to be re-established in an
expeditious manner.

Today's decision does not reflect the views of the USDA. This is a
decision rendered by the US District Court in Montana. The USDA
recognizes that Canada is a minimal-risk BSE region, and that we have
the appropriate animal and public health measures in place.

The Government of Canada will continue to stand behind our livestock
industry. We will work together with the provinces and the industry to
carefully consider the appropriate next steps resulting from today's
decision.

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