There is no risk of contracting BSE from consuming beef from animals younger than 30 months of age. This fact, coupled with the fact that Canada had instituted a ruminant feed ban nearly 6 years prior to finding their first case of BSE (thereby removing the threat of amplification of the disease in the Canadian herd) meant there was no scientific justification for keeping the beef out. Canadian beef imports are now equivalent to pre-BSE levels. How have we "lost" anything? We are merely back to where we were before the first case was found. Your question reveals your true motive and the motive of many R-CALF supporters. It has nothing to do with science-based decisions or fair dealings with trade partners; it has everything to do with protectionism, pure and simple.canadian angus said:Hope this pasting works.
Good site also.
Canadian Angus :???:
canadian angus said:Seems a bunch of you missed the point, r-calf is still spreading poison and just don't get it.
Oldtimer said:[I loved the statement by this NCBA "expert"-one of the Canadian inspection team---"NO RISK of contracting BSE from consuming beef from animals younger than 30 months of age". I wonder which study he found that says that? I have read dozens of reports by scientific groups--None of them say NO RISK... maybe little, or minimal, or slight, or as several say unknown-- no others say absolutely no risk....Makes you wonder if any NCBA members have read the studies about finding prions in under thirty month cattle, or in nerves in muscle meat, or in infected internal organs?
Now I know why they had decided the border should be opened before NCBA sent them on their 3 day vacation in Canada- "NCBA science"....
~SH~ said:The issue here is the safety of Canadian Beef and cattle.
1-The GAO and Inspector General has chastised the FDA for "feed ban compliance"!
Upon inspection of the Canadian feed ban compliance, USDA said Canada had a robust feed ban compliance and said they were doing a good job.
2-Increased surveillance testing is being lowered.
In the U.S. due to the volume of OTM cattle testing negative.
Meanwhile Canada has willingly increased their testing of the highest risk categories.
3-The Wash cow went into the food chain.
Remind me who prohibited "M"ID from "M"COOL?
In contrast, Canada has a traceback system.
4-Which SRM removal? The one for OTM's, or the one for UTM's?
The spinal column and brainstem is where the largest threat lies and those are being removed. You're splitting hairs.
5-World Over? UK's mandatory testing is for every animal over 24 months and OTM's cannot go into the food chain.
You're not going to R-CULT this by comparing the UK and Canada are you? Don't be a fool!