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Its my first post, so here is some happy news

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Fri, 8 Jul 2005 11:31:00 CST


Agriculture Minister Andy Mitchell says New Zealand is lifting all its mad-cow-related restrictions on Canadian beef, effective immediately.

He says New Zealand food safety authorities have acknowledged the safety of Canadian beef with respect to bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE.

The island country has accepted consumer safeguards Canada put in place regarding human health risks and mad cow.

Mitchell says the move is a solid acknowledgement of Canada's safety measures.

New Zealand will remove its current case-by-case assessment and arrange for immediate certification for beef products from Canada.

It's the 15th country to resume full or partial beef trading since borders were closed in May 2003, when a single case of mad cow disease was discovered in Canada.
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New Zealand lifts ban on Canada beef after mad cow

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - New Zealand, one of the largest exporters of beef to Canada, has lifted restrictions on imports of Canadian beef two years after Canada found its first case of mad cow disease, Ottawa said on Friday.

The decision means all beef products can enter New Zealand from all ages of cattle, the president of the Canada Beef Export Federation said.

"New Zealand has shown itself to be a friend of Canada in our attempts to recover from the trade crisis," Ted Haney said in a statement.

Canadian farmers have suffered from trade bans since a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, was found in Alberta in May 2003.

A total of 15 countries now allow imports of some types of Canadian beef, the government said in a release.

But almost all Canada's exports are of boneless meat from young cattle under the age of 30 months to the United States and Mexico.

New Zealand, a net exporter of beef, has become a dominant player on the world market since Canadian and U.S. beef was barred from Asian markets.

New Zealand holds a 40 percent market share in South Korea, 52 percent in Taiwan and 9 percent in Japan.

It will continue to export to Asia, while allowing Canadian imports, even though Asian markets ban Canadian beef, Haney said. That sends a signal to U.S. and Mexican governments that they can also expand the kinds of beef cuts they buy from Canada, he added.
Canada exported C$41 million ($34 million) worth of farm goods to New Zealand in 2004, with pork and wheat being the two biggest products. It imported C$383 million of goods, including C$91 million of beef.

Imports of New Zealand beef were harshly criticized by farmers after Canada lost access to foreign markets and struggled to find enough buyers for its meat.
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - New Zealand, one of the largest exporters of beef to Canada, has lifted restrictions on imports of Canadian beef two years after Canada found its first case of mad cow disease, Ottawa said on Friday.

Boy, That really helped you guys out didn't it! I have a hard time understanding some of the trade rules & regs. Here sits Canada with an overabundance of beef and shipping beef in all the way from New Zealand?
Government amazes me!

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Mike said:
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - New Zealand, one of the largest exporters of beef to Canada, has lifted restrictions on imports of Canadian beef two years after Canada found its first case of mad cow disease, Ottawa said on Friday.

Boy, That really helped you guys out didn't it! I have a hard time understanding some of the trade rules & regs. Here sits Canada with an overabundance of beef and shipping beef in all the way from New Zealand?
Government amazes me!

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No but this does
It will continue to export to Asia, while allowing Canadian imports, even though Asian markets ban Canadian beef, Haney said. That sends a signal to U.S. and Mexican governments that they can also expand the kinds of beef cuts they buy from Canada, he added.
Sets quite a precedent heading into next weeks hearing.
 

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