Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

November 19, 2007 17:59 ET

Minister's Statement: Minister Ritz Comments on Opening of U.S. Border to Older Canadian Cattle

ROME, ITALY--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2007) - The following statement regarding the implementation of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Final Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Second Rule was issued today by the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board.

"The American market is now open to the vast majority of our beef exports. This Government and our industry partners have worked closely with the American industry and with the USDA to achieve this goal. It's great to see our work pay off with the USDA final rule normalizing trade for all cattle born after March 1, 1999.

"This Government continues to stand up for Canadian livestock. Today's news proves we can work together to get things done for industry on both sides of the border.

"We appreciate the strong support of the USDA and the U.S. beef industry as we defend the safety and quality of our integrated industry. Scientific, rule-based trade is the key to our respectful working relationship and the World Organization for Animal Health has recognized that the U.S. and Canada have both achieved the same high level of BSE control.

The Government of Canada is standing up for Canadian cattle producers. We'll continue to work with the USDA as both countries work to get cattle moving normally. And we'll continue to make a strong case about the safety and quality of the Canadian cattle industry."

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Patrick J. McCloskey
    Press Secretary