Philippines Allows Full Market Access For U.S. Beef

US - Acting Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Conner on Friday announced that the Philippines has complied with international trade standards regarding beef and beef products by allowing complete market access for U.S. beef and beef products from cattle of all ages.
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Recent bilateral discussions between USDA and the Philippines Department of Agriculture resulted in this market expansion. Previously, imports of U.S. beef and beef products were restricted to boneless beef and offals from cattle less than 30 months of age.

Said AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle, “We are pleased that the Philippines has embraced the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) guidelines and urge other countries to move in this same direction.”

The United States exported $4.9 million of beef and beef products to the Philippines in 2003. That market was closed when BSE was detected in the United States in December 2003. U.S. beef exports to the Philippines reached $6.3 million in 2006 with partial market access. Under this new agreement, USDA estimates that U.S. beef exports to the Philippines could double in 2008.

More than 100 countries now allow the entry of at least some U.S. beef and beef products.

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