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Canada Lifts Import Restrictions Regarding Bluetongue

New proposal would significantly reduce the burden on U.S. livestock producer shipping ruminants to Canada, eliminating costly bluetongue testing requirements.

Canada's government Tuesday proposed to lift import restrictions regarding bluetongue for ruminant animals imported from the United States.

The issue has been a hot button issue between our North American counterparts before allowing normalized trade after bovine spongiform encephalopathy finds.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is soliciting public comment on their proposal to lift import restrictions regarding bluetongue for all classes of cattle, sheep, deer, goats and other ruminants imported year round into western Canada from any state in the United States.

"The proposal, if finalized, would significantly reduce the burden on U.S. livestock producers shipping ruminants to Canada by allowing for year round importation on all classes of ruminants and eliminating costly bluetongue testing requirements," states Deputy Under Secretary Chuck Lambert


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