| WEST ALLIS, Wis.,
Aug. 4, 2005: Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns
today announced that the Philippines will resume imports
of U.S. beef and beef products.
"I am very pleased with the reopening of the Philippines
market to U.S. beef and beef products, which demonstrates
their commitment to trade based on internationally accepted
scientific standards for human and animal health,"
said Johanns. "The Philippines recognizes that
U.S. beef and beef products are safe. This is another
step forward in our efforts to reopen global markets
for U.S. beef."
Under the agreement announced today, the United States
will now be able to export boneless beef from cattle
not older than 30 months to the Philippines. The estimated
value of the Philippines market reopening to U.S. boneless
beef is $2.5 million.
In 2003, the United States exported $4.9 million worth
of beef and beef products to the Philippines. After
the December 2003 discovery of the first BSE-infected
cow in the United States, the Philippines adopted measures
to restrict imports of certain types of U.S. beef, while
allowing imports of U.S. boneless beef from cattle not
older than 30 months with its memorandum order in January
2004. In June 2005, the Philippines imposed a temporary
ban on beef and beef products from the United States
following confirmation that a second U.S. cow had tested
positive for BSE.