USDA has withdrawn a proposed rule which would have allowed
Current USDA rules allow only cattle younger than 30 months of age to be imported. The proposed rule, removing that limitation, had been submitted by USDA to the White House Office of Management and Budget for policy review and an eventual public comment period. Earlier this month,
USDA spokesman Ed Loyd says, the proposed rule is on hold until APHIS knows how
Meatingplace.com adds if no new information is found from the investigation the rule may be reintroduced to the OMB.
R-CALF USA, who sued USDA for once allowing trade to expand, continues to urge APHIS to publicly announce it is postponing indefinitely plans to allow into the U.S. cattle over 30 months of age from Canada, and beef from those cattle, until the full scope of Canada's BSE problem is scientifically known and a new risk assessment is completed that incorporates the four separate BSE-infected cows born after Canada's feed ban was implemented in 1997.
Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., adds given
Creekstone, a private company seeking to test 100% of its beef, says USDA's decision is the right one. "The discovery of a BSE-infected 50-month old Canadian cow means that not only should USDA reconsider its decision to reduce BSE testing, but it should also require segregation of Canadian cattle in US beef processing plants," states Creekstone CEO and found John Stewart. "The segregation issue has been a stumbling block in reopening the Korean market to US beef.