New Resolution Raises Cattle Age Limits

Boneless beef trade would not be restricted by age.

According to the Associated Press the World Organization for Animal Health has adopted a resolution raising cattle age limits related to preventing BSE in international beef trade. Beef exports and imports previously were restricted to boneless beef from cattle younger than 30-months of age. Now exports and imports would be allowed for boneless beef from cattle of all ages. This change is expected to boost U.S. efforts to convince Japan, which was just declared a controlled-risk country for BSE last week, to get rid of restrictions on U.S. beef imports to those from cattle 20-months old or younger.

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