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Saudi Arabia Reopens Market to U.S. Beef

Monday, July 11, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

Saudi Arabia and the U.S. reached an agreement in late June to reopen the Saudi market to U.S. beef and beef products, following a four-year ban due to an atypical case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy discovered in the U.S. in 2012. Under the agreement, Saudi Arabia will allow imports of beef and beef products from U.S. cattle less than 30 months of age, with access expanded to include products from U.S. cattle under 48 months after a phase-in period. Products eligible for export include bone-in and de-boned beef, offal and ground and processed beef. USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service is developing a program to certify that U.S. beef product exports to Saudi Arabia comply with the country’s import requirements and will publish details as soon as they are available. Prior to the ban, the U.S. exported more than $31 million of beef and beef products to Saudi Arabia.

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