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Recent media reports speculating about the World Trade Organization (WTO) compliance panel process regarding Canada and Mexico’s challenge to U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) have resulted in more than a few media calls to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA).
The CCA does not comment on speculation, noting that the official compliance panel decision remains confidential until the WTO publishes it, but offers the following general comment about Canada’s COOL challenge at the WTO:
The CCA believes in the strength of Canada’s arguments that were put forth to the panel and we continue to hold the view that COOL discriminates against live imports of cattle and hogs into the U.S. marketplace. The CCA believes that the only way to bring COOL into compliance is through legislative change, either by repeal or amendment of the COOL statute. Such action must result in elimination of the segregation of imported livestock in the U.S.
Until the U.S. comes into compliance with its WTO obligations, the CCA will continue to advocate that the Government of Canada prepare to impose prohibitively high tariffs on key U.S. exports to Canada, including beef.
The CCA has been working hard with its U.S. allies to get COOL fixed. In late July, CCA leadership discussed COOL at length at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) summer conference in Denver.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Gerry Ritz also attended the conference. In reference to the ongoing WTO dispute, Ritz told delegates that if successful in its challenge, Canada will seek to retaliate as quickly as possible and will target everything from California wine to Minnesota mattresses. He continued the straight talk on COOL during a special guest appearance at the CCA Semi-Annual in Charlottetown, PEI.
The potential for retaliatory tariffs continues to command the attention of the U.S. Congress. In the August 5 edition of Action News, we told you about the letter 110 Members of Congress sent to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and U.S. Trade Representative requesting that, should the WTO rule against the U.S., the Secretary of Agriculture ‘rescind the final rule while Congress works to permanently resolve the issue.’
The negative impact of Canadian and Mexican retaliation to the state of Iowa – a leading supporter of COOL – was discussed in an op-ed published in the Des Moines Register. The Corn Refiners Association in Washington, D.C. said $300 million worth of annual exports could be impacted, including commodities such as pork, corn, some prepared foods while the corn wet milling industry could lose $500 million in annual sales to Mexico if corn sweeteners are targeted.
They suggest a solution put forth by a broad coalition of U.S. industries that have no stake in the beef industry: should the WTO find that COOL is in violation of the U.S.’s international trade obligations, the Secretary of Agriculture should immediately suspend COOL until Congress can take legislative action to resolve the dispute.
http://www.cattle.ca/assets/ActionNews/ ... 090214.pdf
The most recent assessments (and reassessments) were published in June 2005 (Table I; 18), and included the categorisation of Canada, the USA, and Mexico as GBR III. Although only Canada and the USA have reported cases, the historically open system of trade in North America suggests that it is likely that BSE is present also in Mexico.
IN SHORT, AND IN A NUT SHELL ;
(Adopted by the International Committee of the OIE on 23 May 2006)
11. Information published by the OIE is derived from appropriate declarations made by the official Veterinary Services of Member Countries. The OIE is not responsible for inaccurate publication of country disease status based on inaccurate information or changes in epidemiological status or other significant events that were not promptly reported to the Central Bureau,
>>>I remember what happened with mad cow disease BSE testing, and the incident where they were using HEALTHY CATTLE BRAINS for testing, yes, brains they new were negative for BSE, and this was when there was suppose to be officials on site. go figure... <<<
Date: June 21, 2007 at 2:49 pm PST
Owner and Corporation Plead Guilty to Defrauding Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Surveillance Program
An Arizona meat processing company and its owner pled guilty in February 2007 to charges of theft of Government funds, mail fraud, and wire fraud. The owner and his company defrauded the BSE Surveillance Program when they falsified BSE Surveillance Data Collection Forms and then submitted payment requests to USDA for the services. In addition to the targeted sample population (those cattle that were more than 30 months old or had other risk factors for BSE), the owner submitted to USDA, or caused to be submitted, BSE obex (brain stem) samples from healthy USDA-inspected cattle. As a result, the owner fraudulently received approximately $390,000. Sentencing is scheduled for May 2007.
politics, politics, politics $$$
trade, nothing else matters (Stanley Prusiner) Nobel Prize winner for the Prion.
one only has to look at Creekstone, and the attempt to test for BSE there from by an industry, because the government would not do it, and the International trade markets would not have that, so what did they do when the BSE atypical strains started showing up during the infamous bse enhanced surveillance program, the usda simply shut it down, went back to testing numbers so low, you could not find a case of mad cow disease unless it walked up and dropped downer right in front of you. THEN, oh it gets better for sure, after that fateful day on December 23, 2003, the day the USDA et al lost their BSE gold card, the shoe was then on the other foot, and the USDA et al went to the OIE and between the two of them, abolished the BSE GBR risk assessments, and went to the BSE MRR assessments (minimal risk region), which then allowed the legal trading of all strains of BSE globally. it's all about money folks, trade now with big ag, and nothing else matters...
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Subject: US SENATOR AND STAN THE MAN SLAM USDA ''DAMNING TESTIMONY''
Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 15:15:24 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr." To: BSE-l
Greetings List members,
damning testimony below. be sure to _first_ open up real player competely, then paste your url in there. this worked best for me.........TSS
US SENATOR AND STAN THE MAN SLAM USDA ''DAMNING TESTIMONY''
Senator Michael Machado from California
''USDA does not know what's going on''. ''USDA is protecting the industry''. ''SHOULD the state of California step in''
''nobody has ever ask us to comment''
''they don't want us to comment''
''they never ask''
i tried to see Venemon, after Candian cow was discovered with BSE. went to see lyle. after talking with him...
then thought i should see Venemon...
it was clear his entire policy was to get cattle bonless beef prods across the border...
nothing else mattered...
his aids confirmed this...
5 times i tried to see Venemon, never worked...
eventually met with carl rove the political...
he is the one that arranged meeting with Venemon...
just trying to give you a sense of the distance...
healh public safety...
was never contacted...
yes i believe that prions are bad to eat and you can die from them...END
Dr. Stan bashing Ann Veneman - 3 minutes
Recall Authority and Mad Cow Disease: Is the Current System Good for Californians?
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
AGRICULTURE AND WATER RESOURCES HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND SELECT COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT - MACHADO, ORTIZ, and SPEIER, Chairs
Choose a RealPlayer video --->
Opening Statement by Senator Michael Machado
Elisa Odibashian - Consumers Union
Anthony Iton - Alemeda County Health
USDA's "memorandum of understanding"
Dave Louthan - Killed the Mad Cow
Dennis Laycraft - Canadian Cattlemen's Association
Stanley Prusiner - Discoverer of Prions
Steven DeArmond - Professor of Neuropathology
Entire 5 hour hearing - The California Channel
(scroll down to "022404 Senate Info-Hearing")
Beef recall secrecy fought - Under fire, state health officials are trying to get the USDA to change rule Sacramento Bee - 02/25/04
Mad cow censoring gets legislators' goat - Tainted-meat trail kept from public by deal with feds San Francisco Chronicle - 02/25/04
please note, this hearing and it's video was later removed from the internet. ...tss
for those interested, see more here ;
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
COOL UPDATE September 2, 2014
http://naiscoolyes.blogspot.com/2014/09 ... -2014.html