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Monday, January 30, 2006
Japan sorry for not fully inspecting US beef plants
JAPAN - Japan should have more thoroughly inspected US cattle facilities before easing a ban on American beef last month, Japan’s agriculture minister said today. Shoichi Nakagawa apologised in parliament for the lack of inspections. Japanese...
Canadian officials trace 67 herdmates of BSE cow
CANADa - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said on Friday it has traced 67 herdmates of an Alberta cow that tested positive for mad cow disease as it investigates Canada's latest case of the deadly brain-wasting condition. "At this point...
Friday, January 27, 2006
Tests on cattle from Alberta farm where new BSE case found negative: CFIA
ALBERTA - Tests on 25 cattle from an Alberta farm where the latest case of mad cow disease was found are negative, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says. The test group included 24 cattle born on the farm 12 months before or after the infected...
Thursday, January 26, 2006
BSE confirmed but will not affect border
CANADA - A new case of mad cow disease was confirmed in Alberta over the weekend, but officials are saying it will not affect the beef and cattle export industry. The Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed bovine spongiform encephalopathy...
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Canada's new mad cow case draws mixed reactions in US
CANADA - While some U.S. cattle industry groups called for halting cattle and beef trade with Canada after a new case of mad cow disease was confirmed there, the U.S. secretary of agriculture said suspension of trade is unlikely. Canadian Food...
S.Korea delays Canada meet after new mad cow case
SOUTH KOREA - South Korea said on Tuesday it had decided to delay a working group meeting with Canada to discuss resuming Canadian beef imports, after Canada confirmed a new case of mad cow disease. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said on...
Canada confirms fourth mad cow case
CANADA - Canada has confirmed it has had a fourth case of mad cow disease, just as its cattle industry starts to recover from export trade bans. The US says it will keep its northern border with Canada open, despite the outbreak on a dairy farm...
Monday, January 23, 2006
Japan pushes U.S. for explanation on beef
JAPAN - Japan said on Monday it would not resume U.S. beef imports without an explanation of how banned spinal material, believed to carry a high risk of causing a human form of mad cow disease, came to be found in a shipment of U.S. meat last...
Saturday, January 21, 2006
U.S. bids to allay Japan beef row
US - American agriculture officials will discuss Japan's latest ban on American beef during a visit next week, a U.S. Embassy official has said, after a U.S. beef shipment sparked mad cow fears and prompted Tokyo to again halt imports. The delegation,...
Friday, January 20, 2006
Japan reinstates ban on U.S. beef
JAPAN - Japan's prime minister says his country has halted the import of U.S. beef after an animal spine was found in a beef shipment at Tokyo International Airport. "I just heard the news from the agricultural minister just now over the...
Japan finds BSE risk parts in US beef imports
JAPAN - Japan is considering stopping all imports of U.S. beef - just a month after lifting a ban on the meat - after finding risk materials that could cause mad cow disease in a shipment from New York on Friday. A total of 390 kg (860 lb) of...
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
South Korea-U.S. Agreement To End Beef Ban Seen As Important First Step
SEOUL - South Korea announced today it will accept U.S. beef, ending a two-year ban. “The government of South Korea, through its Animal Health Committee and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has completed its own vigorous review of...
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Farmers' $20B mad-cow court case proceeds
CANADA - Farmers wanting to sue a feed grain company and the federal government in a class-action lawsuit involving mad cow disease can go ahead, an Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled. The farmers allege Ridley Inc. and Ottawa were negligent...
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Critics: Mad cow disease still risk
US - The nation's No. 1 burger seller, McDonald's Corp., has joined other researchers to say the government is still not fully protecting animals or people from mad cow disease. Stronger steps are needed to keep the infection from entering the...
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Statement by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns regarding resumption of U.S. Beef Trade with Hong Kong
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. - "We are extremely pleased with the reopening of another important market for U.S. beef exports and we anticipate that trade will quickly begin. I applaud the Hong Kong government for making trade decisions based...
Monday, December 26, 2005
Ulster beef farmers in fresh exports drive
Almost ten years after being banned from Europe because of BSE fears, Northern Ireland beef farmers hope to be selling into lucrative overseas markets again soon. Today Ulster Farmers Union president Campbell Tweed said: "I sincerely...
Thursday, December 22, 2005
USDA Chief Seeks Advice On BSE Testing Changes
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has achieved all of the goals it set out to accomplish with its special "enhanced" mad-cow surveillance efforts, but testing will continue at an elevated rate while foreign beef trading...
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Ban over, US beef returns to Japan
ARIZONA - Released from a two-year ban based on fear of "mad cow" disease, American beef headed back to Japanese grills on Monday. The imported meat was to appear at a popular barbecue chain and a private banquet put on by U.S. producers....
New excellence network to study prion diseases
CANADA - A new network of centres of excellence, called PrioNet Canada, has been established with $35 million funding over the next seven years by the federal government. The centre will pool the collective expertise of Canadian prion researchers...
Monday, December 19, 2005
South Korea to start talks with US on beef imports
SOUTH KOREA - South Korea will start talks with the United States soon on resuming U.S. beef imports, which have been banned for two years due to mad cow concerns, Seoul's agriculture ministry said on Monday. South Korea, once the world's third-largest...
Friday, December 16, 2005
Beef exports face ten-week delay
UK - The resumption of beef exports from the UK - a trade potentially worth £150 million to the Scottish economy - is unlikely before late March 2006, and that date may be optimistic. Following extensive checks over the summer by EU health...
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Nebraska Beef Heads to Japan
NEBRASKA - As one of the nation's top beef-producing states, Nebraska paid a dear price when Japan banned American beef imports in 2003 amid fears of mad cow disease (news) . But now that Japan relaxed the ban earlier this week, Nebraska beef...
Four in 100 Say US Beef Safe to Eat
KOREA - Only one out of every 25 Korean consumers believe that beef from the United States is safe to eat. In its recent survey of 600 urban consumers, the Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI) has found that only 24, or 4 percent, of the respondents...
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Ongoing BSE cases linked to dirty feed bins
UK - Veterinary scientists now believe that dirty feed bins are the most likely cause of cattle born after the end of July 1996 developing BSE. That was when a ban was introduced on the use of bonemeal, identified as the source of the BSE epidemic...
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Japan ends two-year ban on US beef
JAPAN - US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns voiced satisfaction after Japan on Monday gave the final go-ahead to resume imports of some US beef after a two-year ban. "I'm very pleased to announce that the Japanese market is now open to...
Monday, December 12, 2005
Japan eases ban on US, Canadian beef imports
JAPAN - Japan on Monday eased a two-year-old ban on American beef imposed because of mad cow disease, averting a trade war with Washington where lawmakers had threatened retaliation unless beef trade resumed by mid-December. In line with a recommendation...
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Japan Officials Arrive In U.S. Tue To Verify BSE Safety
WASHINGTON - A delegation of Japanese specialists is expected to arrive in the U.S. on Tuesday to verify that U.S. packing plants are employing the proper procedures to protect the U.S. beef supply from mad-cow disease, U.S. Department of Agriculture...
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
75.2% of consumers unwilling to eat US beef, survey shows
JAPAN - With the Japanese government expected to remove its ban on beef imports from the United States early next week, 75.2% of surveyed consumers are unwilling to eat U.S. beef, according to a telephone survey released by Kyodo News on Tuesday....
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