Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

March 17, 2005 20:10 ET

AAFC: USDA Appealing the Injunction Against Border Reopening


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FOR: AGRICULTURE AND AGRI-FOOD CANADA

MARCH 17, 2005 - 20:10 ET

AAFC: USDA Appealing the Injunction Against Border
Reopening

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 17, 2005) - We are pleased that
the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is appealing the
March 2, 2005 injunction preventing the reopening of the border to
Canadian live cattle, other ruminants and an expanded list of their
products on March 7, 2005. The USDA continues to defend the minimal risk
rule as the result of a transparent and science-based process that
ensures human health, food safety and animal health are fully protected.

We will continue to work with the USDA to resume trade in livestock
products as quickly as possible. Canada and the United States have the
same BSE risk status, and have the similar appropriate measures in place
to protect human and animal health.

The interests of consumers, packers and processors on both sides of the
border are served by reintegrating our markets to the fullest extent
possible based on science - and the science indicates that the border
should reopen.

Under U.S. law, Canada is not a party to this law suit. However, we
intend to seek permission to file an amicus curiae brief ("friend of the
court" - not a party to the case) that would allow us to set out the
facts about Canada's system for protecting human health, food safety and
animal health.

The Government of Canada will continue to support the Canadian livestock
industry through this difficult time.

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Contact Information

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    Elizabeth Whiting
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    or
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