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9th Circuit Ruling in R-CALF vs. USDA a Stinging Indictment of Lower Court Ruling

Monday, July 25, 2005

The breadth and scope of the 9th Circuit’s 54-page ruling truly is a stinging indictment of the earlier U.S. District Court ruling. This ruling leaves no legal question about cattle and beef trade with Canada unanswered. The court concluded – as we have all along – that U.S. and Canadian beef and cattle are both safe. They also noted that if there is any possible additional risk, it is so negligible it can scarcely be measured.

This is what we have said all along to the public and in the amicus curiae we submitted along with a number of other organizations.

The painstaking detail included in the opinion should forever lay to rest questions about the risk posed by the importation of cattle and beef from minimal risk countries – whether Canada or any other nation.

It’s time to get on with the business of repairing the damage that has been done to our integrated, North American beef industry. We look forward to working with our Canadian neighbors in the spirit of cooperation that has historically characterized our relationship.

For more information contact:
David Ray
Vice President, Public Affairs
Janet Riley
Sr. Vice President, Public Affairs

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