VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 20, 2003: The U.S. immediately
halted all beef, cattle and animal feed trade with Canada
where a case of mad cow disease was diagnosed today.
The Canadian government is adamant in its belief that
this is an isolated incident stressing that only one
cow has tested positive but trouble determining the
source of the disease have left fear of additional cases.
The news was a shock for western Canadian ranchers
and the financial markets where plummeting livestock
prices caused trading to cease. Canada is the world's
10th largest beef producer, representing 2.5 percent
of total world output.
Full story from the New York Times Online, 5/20/2003.
"Case of Mad Cow in Canada Prompts U.S. to Ban
Its Beef" By CLIFFORD KRAUSS with SANDRA BLAKESLEE