Under an obscure provision of the North American Free Trade Agreement
cattle producers are asking the U.S. government to pay more than $300
million to cover losses they incurred when the border was closed to
Canadian beef after BSE was confirmed
in Alberta during May 2003.
At the beginning of February, approximately 500 Canadian producers,
mostly of them from Alberta, had filed 121 claims under NAFTA seeking at
least $325 million in compensation f...
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