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Canada mad cow case delays Mexico import plans

19 February 2007

CANADA - Mexico has postponed plans to reopen its borders to dairy cattle imports from Canada after a case of mad cow disease was found in an Alberta bull last week.

Enrique Sanchez, Mexico's head of animal health, told Reuters on Friday that Mexico would carry out new tests before considering allowing Canadian dairy cow imports.

"This means we have to go back and revise everything again," Sanchez said. "We were three months away from starting trade with Canada, but this is going to take one or two years, we don't know."

Mexico stopped importing beef and cattle from Canada following an outbreak of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in 2003.

It has since restarted imports of most beef and cattle products, and in December officials said dairy imports would be restarted soon.

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Source: Reuters


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