CCA Statement: CCA Welcomes USDA plan to implement Comprehensive BSE rule

Ottawa, ON – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that they are moving forward in their rulemaking process to implement a Comprehensive BSE Rule. The proposed rule will modernize the way the U.S. recognizes other countries’ BSE status and bring USDA practice in line with the system adopted by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in 2006.

Canada’s cattle and beef trade with the U.S has already, for all practical purposes, been normalized from the trade interruption following the May 2003 detection of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a Canadian cow. Having the U.S. adhere to OIE standards would make Canada’s access to the U.S. more secure and encourage other countries to adopt these international science-based guidelines.