Thailand lifts import ban on US beef

Thailand lifts import ban on US beef

The Thai government has decided to lift its ban on beef imports from the United States, official Thai News Agency reported this afternoon. The lifting of the ban, imposed after a mad-cow scare in the US last year, is on condidtion that US authorities certify in writing that every shipment is free from bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the official name of mad cow disease.According to TNA, Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Somkid Jatusripitak told journalists this afternoon that the decision was made after a meeting of all agencies concerning food safety, including those under the Ministries of Public Health and Agriculture and Cooperatives.”We’ve decided to lift the ban based on a strict condition that each shipment of imported US beef must be officially certified in a written document that it is free from the BSE–the same condition the Japanese government has imposed on imported US beef,” he noted.The two-year ban will be lifted next week when US and Thai officials in charge of food safety meet here–scheduled for January 9.Thailand imposed a total ban on imported US beef in late 2003 after an outbreak of the mad cow disease was confirmed in US cattle farms.

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