February 19, 2004



Libya Opens Its Market To Fresh Beef From Argentina
Libya agreed to allow imports of fresh Argentine beef, Argentina's animal- and food-inspection agency, Senasa, said Wednesday.
The decision means Argentina can now export fresh beef to 64 countries, compared with more than 70 prior to a widespread outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease here in 2001 led most nations to ban the local product.
News of Libya's decision comes on the heels a similar move by Cuba this month to begin importing fresh Argentine beef.
Also, in January officials in Chile said that country would reopen its market to local beef in March.
Argentina is the world's No. 7 beef exporter.