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Mexico lifts Alta. breeding cattle ban

The Canadian and Mexican governments have reached an agreement to remove Mexico’s temporary ban on imports of Alberta breeding cattle.

The agreement resumes trade of all breeding cattle born after January 1999, lifting a ban the Mexican government imposed in August after Canada’s confirmation of its 14th case of BSE in a six-year-old Alberta beef cow. Canadian officials at that time didn’t expect Case 14 to affect exports, though the cow was born well after Ottawa imposed its 1997 ruminant-to-ruminant feed ban.

Officials with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association had said in August that given Canada’s current BSE status, Mexico’s move wasn’t justified under international animal health or trade regulations, nor under NAFTA.

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