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Israel to Resume Accepting U.S. Beef Imports

Friday, February 19, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

USDA announced an agreement with Israel that lifts the ban on U.S. beef imports to the country for the first time in 13 years. Since December 2003, Israel has banned beef imports from the U.S. due to a confirmed case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy. The first U.S. shipments will come from Nebraska’s WR Reserve plant in Hastings, Nebraska. In 2014, Israel imported more than $405 million in beef products, with 95 percent of those imports originating in Latin America.

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