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AMI and R-CALF Go Head to Head over Canadian Beef

by 5m Editor
11 June 2004, at 12:00am

US - In an interview this week that aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's show "Countrywide", AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle challenged accusations by R-CALF’s Chief Bill Bullard that Canadian beef is unsafe and should be banned from the U.S. until further study.

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Bullard argued that in the wake of BSE in Canada, the border should be closed completely to Canadian beef until several criteria are met, including a risk assessment study, a system for identifying and tracking Canadian beef in the U.S., an effort to determine “the prevalence of BSE in Canada,“ and full-scale public hearings in the United States.

Boyle countered that those demands are “unnecessary, “ calling Bullard's arguments “totally unpersuasive“ and inconsistent with international standards.

Boyle noted that the risk of BSE in the United States is so small that it is “immeasurable,“ and added that R-CALF’s real motivation is “protectionistic“ and motivated by self-interest.

To view the clip, go to http://www.amif.org/bse/cbc-jpb.mpeg Note: To view the video, use of Windows Media Player or Quick Time is recommended (high speed internet is required).

Source: American Meat Institute (AMI) - 10th June 2004

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