US lifts restrictions on Argentine beef imports
The US is to open up its market to non-processed Argentine beef from August 25. This is the first time it has done so in more than 60 years. It follows a declaration earlier this year that stocks were free of foot-and-mouth disease. The only thing that could stop the relaxation of Argentine beef rules would be a challenge by Congress.
Several other countries, especially in Asia, are expected to follow the US move.
US imports of Argentine beef were stopped in the 1930s after an outbreak. A subsequent outbreak has only just been eradicated. Argentine herds are vaccinated.The Argentine economy ministry expects beef exports to rise to more than 800,000 tons in 2000 — a 70% increase on last year.