|January 12, 2005,
as reported by just-food.com: After banning meat
from Argentina for over a year the European Union is ready
to begin once again accepting some meat from the region.
The ban was a result of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth
disease (FMD) in the Argentinean province of Salta in
September 2003. At that time the importation into the
EU of de-boned and maturated bovine meat from the four
provinces was suspended.
The EU’s Standing Committee on the Food Chain
and Animal Health has agreed to a European Commission
proposal to resume the importation of de-boned and maturated
bovine meat from the provinces of Formosa, Salta, Chaco
and Jujuy in Argentina.
The Commission proposal cited no new outbreaks and
successful inspection missions carried out in 2004 as
evidence that the situation has been normalized in the
In order to avoid the risk of the spread of FMD from
Bolivia and Paraguay into Argentina, a buffer zone of
25 kilometers along the border with these two countries
has been created by the Argentinean authorities. Imports
from this buffer zone remain suspended.