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The Canadian Press reports that the September 1 target date for partially reopening US borders to Canadian beef - banned here after the mad cow disease scare - won't be met.

According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), permits to allow some cuts of boneless beef into the United States won't be issued until after the Labor Day weekend. The delay in opening borders to Canadian beef will be at least several days, and maybe longer - but Canadian officials say it is no big deal compared to the months they have been waiting.

"As soon as those import permits are issued, within 24 hours, Canadian beef would be put into containers, export certificates would be issued and beef would arrive in the United States," said Ted Haney, president of the Canada Beef Export Federation.

The U.S. is Canada's largest beef customer.
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