February 27, 2004
Feb. 27, 2004 -- On Tuesday, the U.S. Agriculture Department said it would reopen the public comment period for its proposal to ease a ban on live cattle shipments from Canada imposed after that nation?s case of mad cow disease in May 2003, reported Reuters.
Reopening the comment period means a further delay in resuming live cattle trade with Canada, despite Ottawa?s repeated pleas for the border to reopen.
USDA closed the comment period on Jan. 5 after receiving more than 600 e-mails, letters and faxes about its proposal.?ASI submitted comments since the ban involves all?ruminant animal trade and will again review the proposal when it is posted to consider any additional changes.
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