April 7, 2015

 

Cattle-age restrictions on US beef to Vietnam now removed
 

 

US beef exports will enjoy a greater volume of delivery into Vietnam after the country drops cattle-age restrictions on all animals from which the meats are obtained, Drovers CattleNetwork reported.

 

The news is announced by the USDA and the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

 

The past regulation required that the US exports beef from cattle which are slaughtered at less than 30 months old, and verified through the Export Verification programme of the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).

 

According to Thad Lively, USMEF's senior vice-president for trade access, the measure was supposedly implemented due to concerns over bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also better known as the mad cow disease.

 

The latest development is expected to increase the presence of US beef in Vietnam, specifically for less costly beef products.

 

Last year, US beef exports to Vietnam reached 2,869 tonnes and worth US$22.1 million.

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