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AMI Statement on USDA’s Announcement of Rule to Expand Cattle and Beef Trade With Minimal Risk Countries

Friday, September 14, 2007

“The rule announced today is based upon a careful and thoughtful review of the science. Restoration of cattle and beef trade with Canada is scientifically justified and appropriate under international animal health guidelines.

We are gratified that the team of peer reviewers who analyzed the risk assessment done in connection with this rule found it to be scientifically sound. This should give American consumers great confidence in the integrity of federal oversight of the cattle and beef supply.

The rule’s further restoration of cattle and beef trade with Canada and other minimal risk nations should also prompt all nations that trade in livestock and meat products to take immediate actions to come into compliance with these important global standards.

Attribute Statement to AMI President J. Patrick Boyle

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