Johanns statement on Senate votehttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2005/03/0074.xml Canadian feed ban gets good gradesCebull’s ruling came just 5 days after the USDA announced that Canada’s feed ban to prevent transmission of BSE was working well. In late January, after the discovery of Canada’s two latest BSE cases, the USDA sent a technical team to Canada to assess how Canada’s “ruminant-to-ruminant” feed ban was working. The report says Canada’s feed and rendering industries are increasingly using separate, or “dedicated,” production lines to handle permitted and banned materials, the report says. This reduces the risk that feed for ruminants will be contaminated with ruminant proteins. Johanns statement on court rulinghttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2005/03/0072.xml The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) had planned to reopen the border to live Canadian cattle under 30 months of age on Mar 7. But on Mar 2, US District Judge Richard Cebull in Billings, Mont., ordered the government to delay that move on grounds that it could increase human exposure to BSE, or mad cow disease, in the United States. Senate votes to keep border closedYesterdaythe day after Cebull’s rulingthe USDA plan suffered another setback when the US Senate passed a resolution to block it. But White House officials said President Bush would veto the resolution if it passed the House and reached his desk, according to a Reuters report. Ironically, two more BSE cases were discovered in Alberta within 2 weeks after the USDA plan was announced. Those discoveries fueled opposition to the plan. Cebull’s ruling drew protests from the top agricultural officials of both the United States and Canada. Mar 4, 2005 (CIDRAP News) A federal judge in Montana this week delayed a plan to reopen the US border to Canadian cattle for the first time since bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was found in Canada. Dr. Ron DeHaven, administrator of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, commented, “This assessment affirms our science-based decision to begin lifting the ban on live ruminants and ruminant products from Canada that have virtually no risk to human or animal health.” US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns described himself as “very disappointed.” He said the plan to reopen the border, along with existing animal health and public health measures in both countries, provides “the utmost protection to both U.S. consumers and livestock.” Cebull granted the injunction until R-CALF’s suit can be weighed in a full trial, according to the newspaper. He gave the two sides 10 days to propose a schedule for a trial. According to the Globe and Mail, Cebull wrote that resuming cattle imports from Canada would “likely be understood by consumers in the U.S. and abroad as increasing the risk of BSE agents entering the U.S. meat supply.” He said the risks the move entails are “great,” while “delay is prudent and largely harmless.” During the review, on-site inspectors saw one significant violation of the ban, and corrective action was taken immediately, according to a summary of the CFIA report. Feb 25 USDA statement on its assessment of Canada’s feed banhttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2005/02/0066.xml Cattle contract BSE by eating protein from infected animals. To prevent this, both Canada and the United States in 1997 banned the use of most mammalian proteins in feed for cattle and other ruminants. Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Andy Mitchell said he shared the “profound disappointment of the Canadian livestock industry” over the ruling. He continued, “Canada and the United States have the same BSE risk status, and have similar safeguards in place to protect human health, food safety and animal health. “The interests of consumers and producers on both sides of the border would be served by reintegrating our ruminant and meat markets to the fullest extent possible based on science. The science indicates that the border should be reopened.” This week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) released its own review of Canada’s feed ban. The agency concluded that the ban was appropriately designed and implemented and that compliance with it is high. “On average, 95% of feed mills and 93% of renderers inspected over the past three years were either fully compliant or reported only minor non-compliance issues, such as documentation requirements,” the CFIA said in a news release. Cebull issued the temporary injunction in a lawsuit brought by a livestock industry group, R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA). He asserted that Canadian beef poses a higher risk of BSE exposure than American beef because the disease has been found in several Canadian cows but not in any American-bred cows. (The single US case of BSE so far was in a cow born in Alberta.) The USDA announced its findings on the Canadian feed ban on Feb 25. The agency said its inspectors did a thorough assessment and found that “Canada has a robust inspection program, that overall compliance with the feed ban is good and that the feed ban is reducing the risk of transmission of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in the Canadian cattle population.” See also: “Allowing the import of Canadian cattle into the U.S. increases the potential for human exposure to the material containing the agent for BSE in this higher-risk meat,” Cebull wrote, as quoted in the Toronto Globe and Mail. Johanns also objected to the Senate vote to block the resumption of cattle imports. He said the vote “undermines the U.S. efforts to promote science-based regulations, complicates U.S. negotiations to reopen foreign markets to U.S. beef and would perpetuate the economic disruption of the beef and cattle industry.” He promised to try to stop the resolution in the House. Statement by Canadian Agriculture Minister Andy Mitchellhttp://www.agr.gc.ca/cb/index_e.php?s1=n&s2=2005&page=n50302a The United States has barred importation of live Canadian cattle since May 2003, when Canada’s first BSE case was discovered. In late December 2004, the USDA announced its plan to reopen the border to young Canadian cattle, saying Canada was a “minimal risk” region for BSE. Because BSE has a long incubation period, experts believe it is next to impossible for cattle younger than 30 months to have infective levels of disease.
Barcelona desperately need a defender or two. So Barcelona are in for a player whose best years were at Liverpool some seasons back. They’re in for Daniel Agger, of course.Sorry. They’re in for Fernando Torres of course. In the how-to-outdo-Arsenal-in-signing-players-who-don’t-fix-the-problems-that-are-effin-obvious stakes, Barça are world champions. Apparently Tito Vilanova has been impressed with Fernando’s sulky sub performances for Chelsea and has a comfy cushion on the Camp Nou bench for him to park his rear on. He’ll replace current sulky sub David Villa, who is off to Liverpool/Tottenham/Manchester United/Manchester City/Arsenal football club. Chelsea will likely dump Torres outside Napoli’s Stadio San Paolo, however, along with £30m and a note asking for them to post Edinson Cavani to Stamford Bridge thank-you-very-much.Qatari lottery winners Paris Saint-Germain heard someone was worth £85m yesterday. So, naturally, they’re happy to throw the money at whichever club wants it for whatever they’re selling. Luckily for them it’s not a bag of spuds from Stoke. But that’s enough of Charlie Adam. It’s Gareth Bale and Spurs. In fact they’re going to pay £10m in compensation and nab André Villas-Boas to replace Carlo Ancelotti as manager first. You see, Bale’s daughter, Alba Violet Bale, has the same initials as AVB which, obviously, means it’s an insult to her if he doesn’t follow AVB everywhere throughout his career.If Bale does hotfoot it to PSG or Real Madrid, Spurs will have to replace his GB initials in the squad. Today’s Rumour Mill-monger would be in with a shout if he wasn’t crap at football these days and contracted to a seven-a-side team in Holloway. So instead, £4m Gareth Barry will step in. Probably quite slowly. You see, Spurs hope he can replace Scott Parker, who looks to have run around in circles for the last time at Spurs. At 33, he probably can’t take another innocuous kick to the groin or ball in the face anyway. Unless it’s for Sunderland cheerleader Paolo Di Canio, who is interested. Spurs are still hopeful that £36m will bring both Leandro Damião and Roberto Soldado their way from Internacional and Valencia.David Moyes wants Cristiano Ronaldo or Robert Lewandowski at Manchester United. He’s not bothered who. He just loves his new comfy chair in his Old Trafford office and the fact that he can make inquiries about such players without being laughed at. He may have to send a couple of million euros the way of Bayern Munich to snaffle Lewandowski, though, as they supposedly have an agreement with the Poland striker. But in the meantime, he’s going to sign the Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay for £15m. And then chuckle to himself at the novelty of it all.Hubris’s Nicklas Bendtner may finally leave Arsenal. Apparently, five clubs have made a £3m bid for the Dane, which isn’t an awful lot of money really, is it? Even for a Big Man who doesn’t score many goals. Speaking of which, Andy Carroll is close to completing a £15.5m move from Liverpool to West Ham, where Sam Allardyce is hoping to bring Demba Ba back on loan from Chelsea in the hope that at least one of them will be fit each weekend.Elsewhere, Aston Villa are going to spend £4m on the Nordsjaellend and Denmark defender Jores Oklore. After shambling around in the 4-0 drubbing by Armenia in midweek, he could slip right into Villa’s patchwork defence unnoticed. Mark Hughes is going to pounce on free agent David Bentley and ask him to be free-flowing football Stoke City’s metronome next season. Having attracted no interest from Manchester United – despite his best efforts – Yohan Cabaye’s agent has sent smoke signals to southern France instead, where moneybags Monaco may get a whiff and send £10m to Newcastle for the 27-year-old.Liverpool are close to an £8m deal for Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet. With Pepé Reina likely to do one back to Barcelona. “Let’s all have an Isco,” trill Manchester City beancounters, who reckon sending £15m to Málaga will be enough to get him parcelled up and posted back to the Etihad.Wigan foghorn Dave Whelan will interview Steve McClaren and Owen Coyle for the Latics job. Neither will get the chance to say anything so how he’ll choose between them, the Mill hasn’t a clue.And still no word on whether Tony Pulis is going to be the new Marcelo Bielsa at Athletic Bilbao. Funny that.