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National Farmers Union calls for Border Closure

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Canadian Border Should be Closed Until BSE Problem Resolved

WASHINGTON (January 23, 2006) – National Farmers Union President, Dave Frederickson made the following statement in regard to Canada’s confirmation that it has another case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE):

“I am deeply concerned by today’s announcement of yet another case of BSE in Canada. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns should suspend all imports of Canadian cattle immediately, until we can be assured that Canada has its problem under control, and it can meet U.S. meat inspection standards.

“This is the fifth case of BSE discovered in Canada cattle. Last year, in a rush to judgment, the USDA re-opened the U.S. border to Canadian cattle. Today’s development proves that they acted in haste, and that Canada still has problems with this disease.

“At a time when Canada is discovering additional BSE cases, reports are being made that meat inspections within Canadian plants do not meet U.S. standards and America’s consumers have been denied the right to know where their food comes from via the mandatory country-of-origin labeling law. We expect USDA to put the interest of U.S. cattle producers and consumers first and immediately close the border to Canadian cattle and beef products.”
 

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“At a time when Canada is discovering additional BSE cases, reports are being made that meat inspections within Canadian plants do not meet U.S. standards


Yea but were still shipping to Japan.
 

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Big Muddy rancher said:
“At a time when Canada is discovering additional BSE cases, reports are being made that meat inspections within Canadian plants do not meet U.S. standards


Yea but were still shipping to Japan.

Guess you don't need us, then.
 

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Sandhusker said:
Big Muddy rancher said:
“At a time when Canada is discovering additional BSE cases, reports are being made that meat inspections within Canadian plants do not meet U.S. standards


Yea but were still shipping to Japan.

Guess you don't need us, then.

well, not you anyway.
 

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Oldtimer said:
“I am deeply concerned by today’s announcement of yet another case of BSE in Canada. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns should suspend all imports of Canadian cattle immediately, until we can be assured that Canada has its problem under control, and it can meet U.S. meat inspection standards.

<sigh> The NFU should stick to trying to get rid of the Canadian Wheat Board. Don't they realize that our inspection standards are already higher than the US's?

BTW OT, we've had 5 cases of BSE since 2003. 2 in 2003, 0 in 2004, 2 in 2005 and 1 this year. That includes the Washington animal.

Rod
 
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DiamondSCattleCo said:
Oldtimer said:
“I am deeply concerned by today’s announcement of yet another case of BSE in Canada. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns should suspend all imports of Canadian cattle immediately, until we can be assured that Canada has its problem under control, and it can meet U.S. meat inspection standards.

<sigh> The NFU should stick to trying to get rid of the Canadian Wheat Board. Don't they realize that our inspection standards are already higher than the US's?

BTW OT, we've had 5 cases of BSE since 2003. 2 in 2003, 0 in 2004, 2 in 2005 and 1 this year. That includes the Washington animal.

Rod

Actually you've had 6 associated with Canada- You forgot the one back in 93.....
 

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Oldtimer said:
DiamondSCattleCo said:
Oldtimer said:
“I am deeply concerned by today’s announcement of yet another case of BSE in Canada. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns should suspend all imports of Canadian cattle immediately, until we can be assured that Canada has its problem under control, and it can meet U.S. meat inspection standards.

<sigh> The NFU should stick to trying to get rid of the Canadian Wheat Board. Don't they realize that our inspection standards are already higher than the US's?

BTW OT, we've had 5 cases of BSE since 2003. 2 in 2003, 0 in 2004, 2 in 2005 and 1 this year. That includes the Washington animal.

Rod

Actually you've had 6 associated with Canada- You forgot the one back in 93.....

Wasn't born here OT. If you're going to use where it resided, versus where it was born, then the Washington animal no longer counts, and we've still only had 5.

Rod
 

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