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Canadian beef imports halted by China over atypical mad cow illness

Canadian beef imports halted by China over atypical mad cow illness

A cattle business group says it’s hopeful a newly imposed import ban on Canadian beef by China and two different Asian nations might be momentary.

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Affiliation confirmed Tuesday that China – which imports roughly $170 million of Canadian beef yearly, making it the business’s third-largest international market – has halted imports of beef from Canada following the invention of an atypical case of BSE, or mad cow illness, on an Alberta farm final month.

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South Korea, which is value about $90 million per 12 months to Canada’s beef business, in addition to the Philippines – which imports about $13 million in Canadian beef yearly – have additionally suspended imports.

“I wouldn’t say it’s stunning, although we have been hoping this wouldn’t occur,” mentioned Dennis Laycraft, government director of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Affiliation. “We’re hopeful that these might be very brief in period, but it surely’s a international regulator that you simply’re coping with, in numerous time zones and totally different languages.”

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The detection of the atypical case, which was introduced in December, is Canada’s first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in six years.

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Atypical BSE develops spontaneously in about one in each one million cattle. It has been reported six occasions within the U.S., most not too long ago in 2018, in addition to various different nations.

Not like the traditional BSE pressure, which has been linked to the deadly neurological dysfunction Creutzfeldt-Jakob illness, atypical BSE poses no well being threat to people and isn’t transmissible.

The Alberta authorities said in December when it introduced the invention of the case that it was “not anticipated to have market impacts.”

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However Laycraft mentioned whereas there’s “no purpose” for a case of atypical BSE to end in commerce restrictions, some nations are further cautious and need Canada to supply extra details about the affected animal.

China additionally closed its borders to Brazilian beef final fall, after that nation reported a case of the atypical pressure. That closure lasted three months.

The invention of the atypical case shouldn’t be anticipated to negatively have an effect on Canada’s standing as a “negligible threat” nation for BSE, as decided by the World Group for Animal Well being (OIE).

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Canada was awarded that preferential standing in Could 2021, 18 years after the “mad cow disaster” devastated Canadian agriculture. It’s estimated that the disaster _ which started with the invention of a single case of typical BSE on an Alberta ranch in 2003 _ value Canada between $4.9 billion and $5.5 billion as worldwide borders slammed shut to Canadian product.

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Since then, the Canadian beef business and the Canadian authorities have labored to diversify and develop new markets for this nation’s beef. Laycraft mentioned with the lack of the Chinese language market, Canada continues to be seeing good demand from key markets just like the U.S., Japan, Mexico and Vietnam.

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“We’re not as susceptible as we have been years in the past to particular market closures,” he mentioned. “So I believe it relies upon how lengthy the markets take to open again up once more, however I consider (this could possibly be resolved) in weeks. It could possibly be days, but it surely needs to be not more than weeks.”

Patrick Girard, spokesman for the Canadian Meals Inspection Company, mentioned the invention of the atypical case in Alberta underscores the continued effectiveness of Canada’s “strong, focused BSE surveillance program.”

“Canada has proactively engaged with buying and selling companions to supply details about this detection and keep confidence in Canada’s safeguards in opposition to BSE,” Girard mentioned in an e mail. “The federal government of Canada is assured within the power of Canada’s BSE safeguards and the protection of Canadian beef.”

The atypical BSE cow was euthanized on the farm and didn’t enter the meals or animal feed chain.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

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