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Canada's Partial Ban On Us Beef


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How Now, Mad Cow?

One year after the first case of mad cow disease in the U.S. was confirmed, promised food safety reforms have yet to be instituted. And they never will be, if the cattle industry has its way.

What a joke! This whole scenario is a farce with little serious attention paid to consumer protection. Anything to make a buck it seems. Well we will pay the price for these transgressions just like Canadians are now paying the price for the sellout to the drug industry.

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It keeps getting worse for our beef industry.

Possible Third Case of Mad Cow in Canada

Citing an anonymous source, Reuters reports that federal officials have already confirmed the case in a cow less than seven years old.

That means it was born after 1997 when the ban on feeding cattle remains to other cattle was put into place.

To get the industry back up, there are going to have to be some drastic steps taken, IMO.

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You now eat beef at a serious risk to your health in Canada. The governments both federal and Alberta governments are in cahoots with the cattle industry and people's well being is at stake here. they have screwed around with this situation long enough, it is time for consumers to have their say. We cold start by rehiring the scientists that were fired who stated that beef was no longer safe in Canada because of our lax testing methods.

Klein urges farmers to follow rules after new BSE case emerges

The Alberta beef cow was born in March, 1998, about seven months after the ban on feeding protein made from cattle and other ruminants to Canadian herds went into effect. The 1997 Ruminant Ingredient Feed Ban prohibited feeding a ruminant animal with material that originated from a mink or ruminant. Milk, blood, gelatin, rendered fats and their products were exempt.

Charlie Angus, the New Democratic agriculture critic, attacked the government Tuesday, saying that the latest case raises his suspicions about the ability of the federal government to deal with BSE.

"Canada continues to lag behind the standards set in other regions that have dealt with BSE," Mr. Angus said in a statement. "Still, the Agriculture Minister is scrambling to prove that the status quo is good enough."

The case represents the third known incidence of the brain-wasting disease found in Canada in two years. The first case occurred in the spring of 2003 and caused a crisis in the cattle industry, with borders slamming shut and markets drying up. The more recent case was confirmed barely a week ago.

Both of the other cows were born before the feed ban.

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We could start by rehiring the scientists that were fired who stated that beef was no longer safe in Canada because of our lax testing methods.

Well I agree entirely, but the problem is that we are stuck in an individualistic mindset where government intervention is a bad thing. Full testing, as these three scientists suggest(ed), would require spending money which requires taxation. The government would rather give people the freedom to consume unsafe meat rather than make them pay for safe meat. Meanwhile, ranchers never get my tax money to help bail them out and I cannot be assured of the safety of Alberta beef. Maybe McDonalds should offer a "vegetarian" burger.

If the US again bans our beef, I wonder if Albertans will want a socialist, interventionist approach by our government (i.e. tax $$$), or if they believe that the market will respond quickly enough?

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/stor...s_name=&no_ads=

An American ranchers group launched a lawsuit Monday against the U.S. Agriculture Department in a bid to prevent imports of Canadian cattle and a broader range of beef products....

the organization contends that Canadian imports pose health risks for American consumers, could infect U.S. cattle with mad cow disease and will cost U.S. producers up to $3 billion US.

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I'm not a rancher, nor am I an expert in the cattle industry, but I don't believe the market for beef has yet rebounded from the first case of Mad Cow from last year.

In my opinion, perhaps born from ignorance, the only way to esure a stable market place for Canadian beef is go full test, that way there is no excuse for the Japanese, Americans or whoever to close their borders.

I just can't beleive that the governments of Canada, Alberta and the ranchers themselves can't come to an arrangement to make it happen.

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It is absolutely unacceptable that the cattle industry was able to lobby the federal government into firing those scientists for as it turns out: TELLING THE BLOODY TRUTH ABOUT THE UNSAFENESS OF THE CATTLE INDUSTRY.

NF....I agree that full testing is long overdue. It should have been implemented a long time ago, especially after all the problems they have had recently in the UK with BSE.

This is one sick industry where there is very little protection for the consumer. The only solution is to stop eating beef in Canada until these greedy folks can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt Canadian beef is safe. Until then all countries, and all Canadians, should ban Canadian beef.

Actually vegetarians live approximately 7 years longer, so perhaps it is in all our interests to lose the Candian beef from our diets once and for all.

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Newfie,

I couldn't agree more. Because if we test every animal like Japan, France and Italy, we will find dozens of cases a year (like they do). But we can guarantee they don't make the food chain. And we should crack down on the feed problems too.

If we did test every animal, and the American's didn't, we could steal their markets :)

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It is absolutely unacceptable that the cattle industry was able to lobby the federal government into firing those scientists for as it turns out: TELLING THE BLOODY TRUTH ABOUT THE UNSAFENESS OF THE CATTLE INDUSTRY.

Evidence that prions are not only found in the spinal cords and brains of infected animals.

http://www.cbc.ca/story/science/national/2...cow-050120.html

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