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Philippines to buy U.S. beef again

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Philippines to buy U.S. beef again
Thursday, August 4, 2005, 9:35 AM

by Josh St. Peters

U.S. beef producers may now resume exporting products to the Philippines, according to the Agriculture Secretary. Mike Johanns announced today that the Asian country will resume imports of U.S. beef and beef products.

"I am very pleased with the reopening of the Philippines market to U.S. beef and beef products, which demonstrates their commitment to trade based on internationally accepted scientific standards for human and animal health," said Johanns. "The Philippines recognizes that U.S. beef and beef products are safe. This is another step forward in our efforts to reopen global markets for U.S. beef."

Under the agreement announced during the Secretary’s visit to the Wisconsin State Fair, the U.S. will now be able to export boneless beef from cattle not older than 30 months to the Philippines. The estimated value of the market reopening to boneless beef is $2.5 million.

In June, the Philippines imposed a temporary ban on beef and beef products from the U.S. following confirmation that a second cow had tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

In 2003, the U.S. exported $4.9 million worth of beef and beef products to the Philippines. After the December 2003 discovery of the first BSE-infected cow, the Philippines adopted measures to restrict imports of certain types of U.S. beef, while allowing imports of boneless beef from cattle not older than 30 months with its memorandum order in January 2004.

This makes in clear no one wants OTM BEEF,why would we import it,live or in the box?...........good luck

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