_News Talk 770
Even though the U.S. banned Canadian beef after BSE was detected on an Alberta farm in 2003, Canadian beef producers say there's no reason to retaliate now. The Canadian Cattlemen's Association says there's no reason for any country to ban American beef after BES was found in a California dairy cow. The group says that's because the rules for market access are based on science, and not merely knee-jerk reactions.
The discovery is the first case of BSE in the U.S. herd in 6 years and the fourth in 9 years. American officials say the animal was never a threat to the U-S food supply.
U.S. officials say it's not know how the cow became infected. The U.S. banned feeding beef remnants to cattle. That's the only way the disease can be passed raising the possibility that the ban has been violated somewhere.