USDA to Allow Older Cows to Be Imported to U.S. Canadian cattle up to 8-years-old can now be imported into the U.S. — previously only younger cattle were allowed, as older cattle are at higher risk of developing so-called "mad cow disease." The USDA says that a 1999 ban on certain types of feed make the cattle of minimal risk.
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USDA to Allow Older Cows to Be Imported to U.S.

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USDA to Allow Older Cows to Be Imported to U.S.

USDA to Allow Older Cows to Be Imported to U.S.

USDA to Allow Older Cows to Be Imported to U.S.

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Canadian cattle up to eight years old can now be imported into the U.S., according to rules that went into effect earlier this month. Older cattle are at higher risk of developing bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as "mad cow disease."

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that Canadian cattle born after a 1999 ban on certain types of feed are of minimal risk and should be allowed free entry. Previously, only younger cattle — up to two-and-a-half years old — were permitted to enter the country from Canada.

Guests:

Michael Hansen, senior scientist, Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports

John Clifford, DVM, chief veterinary officer of the Animal Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS), United States Department of Agriculture