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U.S. Beef Exporters' Issue Joint Statement on Expanded Access to the Taiwan Market

Thursday, October 22, 2009

“As representatives of the nation’s beef exporters, the American Meat Institute (AMI), the National Meat Association (NMA) and the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) welcome the October 22 announcement by the Taiwan Department of Health (DOH) of the “Amendment to the Import Requirements on U.S. Beef and Beef Products.”  When implemented, this protocol will expand market access for U.S. beef and beef products in recognition that all U.S. beef and beef products are safe, regardless of the age of the cattle from which they are derived. This science-based decision to expand market access reflects DOH’s conclusion that U.S. measures related to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) are effective. DOH’s decision also conforms to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) BSE guidelines. 

Notwithstanding the fact that U.S. beef and beef products from cattle of any age are safe, in order to ensure a smooth transition for expanded trade, U.S. exporters have decided as a transitional measure to initially export only U.S. beef and beef products derived from cattle less than 30 months in age to Taiwan. We understand that 180 days after the entry into force of the “Protocol of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)-Related Measures for the Importation of Beef and Beef Products for Human Consumption from the Territory of the Authorities Represented by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT),” consultations will take place between United States and Taiwan authorities. 

To view the letter sent to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, click here: http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/54330

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