| 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.