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Canada Must Reassure Nervous Trading Partners That Its Beef is Safe

Posted February 23, 2015

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Amanda Stephenson – Calgary Herald)

South Korea’s move to block imports of Canadian beef in the aftermath of this country’s latest case of mad cow disease is an indication that Canada must act quickly to reassure nervous trading partners, one expert says.

On Tuesday, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association said the birth farm of the animal in question — Canada’s first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) since 2011 — has been identified as part of an investigation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

But Sylvain Charlebois, a University of Guelph professor who has studied the impacts of Canada’s 2003 mad cow crisis extensively, said there is still a risk that other countries will follow South Korea’s example and shut their borders to Canadian beef if more information isn’t forthcoming soon. Click here to read more.

Related: The CFIA Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) web page has been updated.