Philippines Lifts Netherlands Beef Ban

PHILIPPINES - The Philippines has lifted the ban on beef and beef products from the Netherlands imposed because of concerns over BSE.
calendar icon 18 May 2009
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The Philippine agriculture secretary, Arthur Yap, announced the lifting of the ban now that the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) had declared the Netherlands a controlled risk zone for BSE.

Now, the Business Inquirer reports that beef can be imported into the Philippines under the following conditions:

  • Boneless and bone-in beef can be sourced from cattle of all ages devoid of any nerves and other BSE-specified risk materials;
  • The beef, whether boneless, or bone-in, should come only from healthy ambulatory and not downer cattle;
  • The age of the slaughter cattle shall be certified by the government authority; and,
  • The slaughter date of the cattle or the production date of the beef shall be included in the packaging label.

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