Pro Farmer Editors
The Government of Canada has reached an agreement with Mexican officials
to remove the temporary restrictions in place on imports of Alberta breeding
"The Government took swift action to have the Mexican border re-opened
to Albertas high-quality cattle," said federal Agriculture Minister
Gerry Ritz. "Canadians produce some of the best breeding stock in the
world and this Government worked hard to open trade of Alberta breeding cattle."
Mexico imposed the temporary ban in August 2008, following the discovery
of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a six-year-old beef cow from Alberta.
Agriculture and Agri-Food and Canadian Food Inspection Agency officials immediately
began working with Mexican officials to restore trade as quickly as possible.
Trade of all breeding cattle born after January 1999 has resumed.
The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) recognizes Canada as a Controlled
Risk country for BSE. This status clearly acknowledges the effectiveness of
Canadas surveillance, risk mitigation and eradication measures.