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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, June 15, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-9 U.S. ponders cattle import controls Suffield casualty This unidentified British soldier injured in a mine explosion, is being helped into a helicopter at the Suffield British Army Experimental range. He was flown to a Calgary hospital and is reported to be in serious but improving condition. The army base is in southern Alberta near Medicine Hat. Manitoba legislature prorogues WINNIPEG (CP) The first session of the 30th Manitoba legislature was prorogued Friday, minutes after members of the house gave final approval to 20 bills. The session, which began Jan. 31. was the second longest in Manitoba history, just one day short of the record of 97 sitting days set four years ago. Members spent most of Fri- day's deliberations in law amendments committee reviewing details of outstanding bills. The legislature as a whole re- convened at p.m.. agreed to suspend normal house rules and complete the rest of its business. Lt.-Gov. W. J. McKeag en- tered the chamber a few min- utes later to give royal assent to the last of 89 bills approved during the session and to pro- rogue the house at p.m. Among legislation approved Friday was a bill to allow the provincial government to compete with private firms in writing general insurance policies and a bill to authorize the creation of treasury branches in Manitoba. WASHINGTON (CP) Canada, her borders ajready shut against United States beef, will be an off-stage spectator Monday during White House deliberations that may restrict the flow of Canadian herds into the U.S. American meat packers, grocery-chain executives, cattle feeders and ranchers have been invited to the White House to discuss ways of shoring up the depressed U.S. beef industry. Import curbs have been advocated as one way of accomplishing this. However, a Canadian asked not to be such curbs are not the answer and "if they come up with that as a solution, they are not attacking the problem." He said the U.S. has a beef surplus. Base of the problem was the 1973 holdback on cattle sales caused by a beef price freeze. Canada shipped million worth of beef and livestock to the U.S. last year, down from shipments of recent years which were hitting about million. Indications are that sales are on the upswing this year. "Canadian cattle growers haven't the price incentive to sell to the U.S., with prices up in the source said. "Trade within Canada is more attractive at the moment." Canadian cattlemen have taken over that portion of the Canadian market blocked to U.S. exporters two months ago because of the Canadian ban against the use of diethylstilbesterol a cattle-fattening hormone. Canadian cattlemen said they can not compete against producers whose use of the compound gives them a substantial cost edge in the fattening of steers for market. The hormone has been branded a carcinogen, an agent which causes cancer in laboratory rats under controlled conditions. Canadian and U.S. officials continue to negotiate conditions for re-opening the border. Observers here, however, feel the issue may be too delicate to permit announcement of a solution before the July 8 Canadian general election. James Hartrnan, foreign service director for the U.S. agriculture department, says the two countries are "very close to an assessment not shared by Canadians close to the issue. The U.S. is the last major beef-exporting country to use DES. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now is embroiled with manufacturers of the compound in an effort to re- impose a previous FDA ban overturned on a legal technicality. The Canadian source said he feels the ban will be re- imposed but if it is not, Canada would have to reconsider her position. Public hearings are to begin later this year on whether the ban can be re-instituted. Don Berreth, spokesman for the FDA. says his adminis- tration is standing by "our earlier ruling." "DES is a cancer-causing Berreth says. "The question is. is it dangerous to humans? Some scientists say no, but they all agree it is a carcinogen at some level." The compound is either added to cattle fodder or implanted in a steer's ear. to be absorbed slowly. Under U.S. law, cattle may not be offered for human con- sumption where DES residue can be detected. Producers estimate it takes a week for ingested DES to vanish from an range that climbs to about 120 days in the case of implants. Canada has insisted that no cattle ever exposed to DES may be imported and that those which have not been so exposed must carry a government certificate stating this. The agriculture department has protested that such certification is impossible to carry out. The FDA ban was overturned by a federal appeal court that ruled the FDA should have given the manufacturers a public hearing. The court ruling said the only way the FDA could act summarily would be to declare, DES "an imminent hazard to humans." "We don't consider it an im- Employees, Trade Unions, Employers and Employer Associations NOTICE Of Public Hearings You're invited to attend Public Hearings in the following centers: EDMONTON Tuesday, June 18, 1974 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Assembly Room Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Edmonton. Alberta CALGARY Wednesday. June 19. 1974 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Club Room Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium 1415- 14 Avenue, S.W. Calgary. Alberta The subject of these Hearings will be the review of proposals for regulations regarding notice of termination of employment in Alberta. The Alberta Labour Act. 1973, has established new authority for the Board of Industrial Relations to develop that will accurately reflect the needs of Alberta's working public and your suggestions have been invited. If you have not already subrmtted a proposal, a written or verbal may be made at the above Hearings. xllbcrfa MANPOWER AMD LABOUR Board of Industrial Relations minent Berreth says. Before the ban, "there was a pretty high percentage of fed cattle (as opposed to range-fed steers) on Berreth says. "I would think it would be a fairly low percentage now." Sentiments are clear-cut on the controversial issue. Manu- facturers and ranchers want DES. So do feed companies and feed-lot operators. Environmentalists and those private citizens and veterinarians who have been in touch with the FDA are against its use. The FDA keeps a file of comments received on the issue. James Miller, feed-lot oper- ator from La Salle, Colo., says "withdrawal of DES would create a huge economic prob- lem on top of an already shakey industry." "We not only need DES, but to keep the price of beef at a feasible level, we must have it." Baxter Black, veterinarian from Coldwell, Idaho, says "it should be the collective goal of the FDA and the industry to act in the public interest." "The selfish goals of the in- dustry and the self-serving goals of the bureaucrats must not be allowed to cloud the sci- entific evaluation of DES." Randall Ritz, who runs M and R Cattle Co. in Morrill. Neb., says "use of DES is more important now than ever before." "The cost of putting on a pound of beef is between 42 and 50 cents. We know that with the use of DES we can reduce this by four to eight cents a pound. Nationwide, this is a tremendous amount of money and of extreme economic importance to the cattlemen if we are to survive." The Minnesota Environmental Control Citizens' Association of St. Paul, comments: "We fail to see why the U.S. seems to be interested in promoting the use of DES when so many other countries have banned not only the use of DES in their own country, but also the import of meat from cattle fed on DES." Observers here see the use of the spectre of cancer hanging in the back- the most emotional issue of its kind since the introduction of fluoride to drinking water several years ago. "Actually. DES is probably no more likely to cause cancer in humans than many other items we take for granted in our daily Berreth says. However, typical of letters to the FUA from Raleigh, N.C., pasted to a newspaper clipping on the Canadian ban. "Canada cares about its citizens and consumers enough to ban the meat and livestock which has been given DES." writes Ms. J L Cuddy. 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