|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