March 3, 2004



Turkey Resumes Argentina Beef Imports After Three Year Ban
Turkey has lifted a three-year- old ban on Argentine beef, Argentina's animal- and food-inspection agency, Senasa, said Tuesday.
Turkey banned local beef in April 2001 after Argentine authorities acknowledged a widespread outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.
Turkey's move means Argentina can now export fresh beef to 65 countries, compared with more than 70 prior to the foot-and-mouth outbreak in 2001.
Last month, Cuba and Libya also announced plans to lift bans on fresh Argentine beef.
Meanwhile, Senasa President Jorge Amaya said Tuesday that he will meet next week with Chilean officials to discuss that country's plans to renew beef imports.
In January, Chilean agricultural officials said that country would reopen its market to Argentine beef sometime in March.
Argentina is the world's No. 7 beef exporter.