March 5, 2004
US To Consider Resuming Live Canadian Cattle Imports
The United States is to begin a series of public consultations on whether to reopen the border to live Canadian cattle, Canada's Global National News reported Thursday.
A month of consultations is to run through April 5 after which U.S. Agriculture Department officials will assess the results. The report said there's no firm date on when, or if, the border might be reopened.
Global also reported U.S. officials have already decided that if the live cattle trade resumes, there will be no restriction on the age of the animals.
The ban on imports of live cattle was put into effect last May and then indefinitely extended after a Canadian-born cow living on a farm in Washington state was found to have mad cow disease.