Mexico closes border to cattle from Alberta following new case of mad cow disease

August 26, 2008

Mexico is banning cattle from Alberta from crossing its border until officials find out more about what Canada is doing to prevent mad cow disease.

The move comes after Canada found its 14th case of mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, in a six-year-old cow last week in Alberta, the largest cattle-producing province.

Mexico did not ban imports of Canadian beef, Toews said, although it permits shipments of meat only from animals under the age of 30 months. Mexico is Canada’s second-largest export market for beef after the United States.

Canada’s export-dependent cattle sector is still trying to recover from the discovery of mad cow disease within its borders in 2003, which sparked trade bans with major buyers.,

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