|Posted May 20, 2005, as reported
by just-food.com: It looks as if the beef markets may finally
be returning to normal nearly a year and a half after a sole incidence
of BSE was discovered in the U.S. Oman and Egypt are both once again
accepting U.S. beef and Japan
has recommended allowing the importation of cattle, untested, under
the age of 21 months.
The US Department of Agriculture confirmed the Oman lift May 11.
“Oman's market reopening demonstrates a commitment to trade
in beef and beef products based on internationally accepted scientific
standards for human and animal health,” said Agriculture Secretary
Mike Johanns. “Oman recognizes that all US beef and beef products
are safe. This is another step forward in our efforts to reopen
global markets for US beef.”
In 2003, the United States exported more than $61,000 worth of
beef and beef products to Oman, the USDA said. It is the second
country in the Middle East region to reopen its market to US beef.
Egypt announced the reopening of its market to U.S. beef in March.
In 2003, the United States exported approximately $7.5bn worth
of beef, beef products, cattle and other ruminants and ruminant
by-products. After the discovery of a BSE-infected cow in the United
States, $4.8bn worth of beef exports were banned. To date, USDA
estimates that is has recovered $1.9bn of the banned amount.