Capital Press reports Washington state ranchers are upset with the lack of action by state officials testing cattle imported from Canada potentially carrying diseases.

Ranchers want to see the consequences of importing diseased cattle clearly defined, and would like the animals to be tested before leaving Canada. The Washington State Department of Agriculture Director is working with the attorney general’s office to determine if tighter rules or increased border enforcement is the solution.

The interest in imported cattle began in August when Agri Beef shipped beef to a ranch in Washington from Canada without testing them for diseases. The cattle were initially scheduled to go to a feedlot but were redirected. Ranchers suspect cattle from Agri Beef spread tuberculosis to other cattle at the ranch.

The imported cattle from Agri Beef are still in testing and Agri Beef has yet to receive any form of punishment for not following regulations.

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Source: Capital Press