Taiwan prepared to bring back U.S. beef

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.