AR-News: Mad Cow Scare Spreads to Alaska Dog Race
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Mad Cow Scare Spreads to Alaska Dog Race
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - American beef, pork and chicken products destined for
dogs in an international sled-dog race will not be allowed across the border
because of fears about mad cow disease.
Organizers of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race this week notified
mushers that Canada will not allow dog food containing the meat products to
cross the border because of health concerns.
The notice came as many mushers were working to meet a Jan. 23 deadline for
having food ready to be delivered to drop points along the 1,000-mile course
from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, Yukon.
Race organizers learned about the restrictions on dog food Monday and began
calling mushers to inform them they might need to change their feeding
plans, said Jonni Roos, assistant race director.
Several countries banned U.S. beef following the discovery of a case of mad
cow disease in a Washington state cow. Canada also temporarily suspended
importation of U.S. pork- and bird-based products. The restrictions apply to
Quest mushers are now trying to figure out how to prepare for the race,
which starts in Fairbanks on Feb. 14. A ban on beef, chicken or pork, "means
there's pretty much nothing left," said Fairbanks musher Eric Nicolier.
Some mushers may have to buy dog food for the Canada drop points across the
"Man, that's crazy," said Nicolier. "We wouldn't make much difference with
the mad cow situation everything is staying frozen and it's just going to
be fed to the dogs."
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Canadian Food Inspection Agency: http://www.inspection.gc.ca
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