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First U.S. beef arrives in Taiwan

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First U.S. beef arrives in Taiwan

by Pete Hisey on 4/26/2005 for Meatingplace.com

A shipment of about 5,000 pounds of beef arrived in Taipei on Sunday, the first beef to enter Taiwan from the United States since December 2003, when the market was closed to American beef products after a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy was discovered in Washington state.

Officials from Taiwan's Council of Agriculture and Ministry of Economic Affairs took random samples of the meat, which was quarantined upon arrival. Results should be available in less than two weeks and assuming the meat meets muster, it will immediately go on sale.

Asia Pulse reports that there is a huge backlog of beef orders from supermarkets and fast-food outlets. Prior to the ban on American beef, Taiwan was the sixth-largest customer for exported U.S. beef, at $325 million per year.

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