EU beef exports get boost as US ban ends

by Editor
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A new multi-million-€-market for EU beef is about to open with the end of the US ban on EU beef products. The European Commission (EC) announced the lifting of the 16-year ban.

The EC welcomed the decision but criticised its late arrival.

The US market had been closed to all EU beef, including deboned beef, since 1997, when the US introduced import restrictions on beef, sheep and goats following the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) crisis.

The EU claimed the US ban had gone beyond the standards of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). For example, deboned skeletal muscle beef is safe and can be freely traded from all countries, according to OIE standards.