|June 14, 2004,
as reported by just-food.com: Taiwan has announced
that it is considering lifting its ban on U.S. beef. According
to government officials imports could partially resume
as early as next month.
This is good news for the U.S. cattle industry who
has been banned from several countries since a mad cow
was discovered in Washington state last December.
A panel of medical experts are due to make their recommendations
to the Taiwanese government this month, and a government
decision could then be made in July, reported Reuters.
"We can make an announcement about resolving this
problem this month," said Chen Chih-Lung, coordinator
of the panel.
If the ban is lifted, imports are likely to be restricted
to products from younger cattle.
"Our main question is whether we can lift the
ban on younger cattle under 30 months of age,"
Chen was quoted by Reuters as saying.