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United States to Allow Bone-In Beef from Canada

by 5m Editor
21 April 2004, at 12:00am

US - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Canada might resume exports of bone-in beef to the United States so long as they come from cattle under 30 months of age.

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Shipments of t-bone steaks and other cuts that include bone from younger cattle are permitted immediately. Live cattle from Canada and beef from animals older than 30 months have been banned since last May after BSE was detected in a cow in Alberta.

USDA said Mexico is expected to permit bone-in cuts of beef from U.S. exporters soon. The United States has allowed Canada to export cuts of boneless beef and ground beef, from animals younger than 30 months since August 2003.

The United States, Mexico, and Canada have been working to harmonize North American trade measures and regulations related to BSE, since the disease was detected in two cows in the United States and Canada in 2003. The announcement comes on the heels of Mexico's agreement to allow exports of select U.S. tallow and variety meats into Mexico.

Source: American Meat Institute (AMI) - 20th April 2004

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