US beef industry could face ‘permanent damage’

US - Mike Johanns, US agriculture secretary, warned on Tuesday that the US beef industry faced the prospect of "permanent damage" if imports of live cattle across the US-Canadian border continued to be blocked. His comments are a sign of the increasing frustration felt by the US government that continued closure of the border is causing Canada to accelerate the development of its own meat processing capacity. The border has been closed to imports of live cattle since Canada discovered its first case of "mad cow disease" - or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) - in mid-2003.

Source: Financial Times.com
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