U.S. Government Requests Appeal in Minimal-Risk Rule Case

CORRECTION: “today” changed to “yesterday” in first sentence, as appeal was filed March 17.

March 18, 2005 — The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), yesterday filed a request with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit asking that the court overturn the decision issued by the U.S. District Court in Montana that granted a preliminary injunction to delay the implementation of USDA’s minimal-risk regions rule. The rule would re-establish trade with Canada for beef products and live cattle less than 30 months of age.

A statement issued by USDA called the minimal-risk regions rule the product of a multi-year, deliberative, transparent and science-based process to ensure that human and animal health are fully protected.

For more information regarding this case, see Angus e-Lists Volume 5: Numbers 94, 97, 109, 126 and 132, which are available via the Angus e-List archive at www.anguselist.com.

adapted from a USDA release

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