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US beef import restrictions relaxed

June 17, 2014

Import restrictions on beef from the United States will be further relaxed, the Centre for Food Safety announced today.


The centre decided to lift the restrictions after the US's implementation of enhanced control measures against mad cow disease, and given that the World Organisation for Animal Health has granted the country a “negligible” risk status for the disease.


With the centre's prior permission for each consignment, US bone-in beef products from cattle less than 30 months of age, tongue, ox tail and offal may now be imported when accompanied by a health certificate, in addition to beef rib cuts and other products which are currently allowed.


The Expert Committee on Food Safety also endorsed the decision, which takes immediate effect.


The centre will continue to closely monitor relevant information and recommendations the organisation issues, and take appropriate actions to safeguard food safety and public health.


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