Canada missed an opportunity to improve its Bovine Spongiform (BSE) status with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), but federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said she’s aiming for next spring.
The Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) is criticizing the federal government for missing the deadline and said it’s costing Canadian beef producers any opportunities for better prices from United States packers and opportunities to market beef to South Korea.
CPC agriculture critic John Barlow called it a “stunning setback” for farrmers.
Canada is currently listed alongside Ecuador, Greece, Ireland, Chinese Taipei, France and Ireland as having a “controlled” BSE risk. A longer list of countries is listed as having a negligible BSE risk, including Argentina, Brazil and the United States.