Canada's beef trucks may be rolling again soon

| 6/4/2003

The United States soon may ease its ban on imported beef from Canada, according to media reports.

The ban was put in place May 20 after a single cow in Canada’s Alberta province was found to have Mad Cow Disease, formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, an illness that exploded in Europe several years ago and which led to several human deaths.

The ban also has impacted the trucking industry. Trucks carrying the beef were turned back at the U.S. border, which Today’s Trucking reported caused increased delays at border crossings already backed up because of increased security.

According to a report from The Cincinnati Enquirer, Canada’s agriculture minister said Thursday his government was investigating whether any additional animals had contracted the disease.

In addition, several hundred cattle in the province were scheduled to be slaughtered and tested as part of the efforts to contain the illness, the Wisconsin Ag Connection reported June 2.