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7 November 2013

Stevenson Welcomes Lifting of US Ban on Scotch Beef

SNP Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the news that the United States has lifted its ban on Scotch Beef. This comes after a decision on Friday to issue new import rules for cattle and beef that will comply with international standards for the prevention of mad cow disease.

This is the first time that Scotch Beef will be available to American consumers after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) banned EU beef and other bovine and ruminant products in January 1998. The ban was imposed at the height of concerns over the BSE disease in cattle.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said

“I am delighted to see that the USDA has taken a monumental decision to break down such a long-standing trade barrier so that the two nations can once again enjoy a flourishing trade and investment partnership.

“For 30 years the United States has continued to be the single largest export market of Scottish goods and services. With the lift of this ban the road is clear for the US to now become the greatest appreciator of Scotch Beef.

“It is clear that after 16 years both countries are eager to resume trade in the red meat industry. That is why it is imperative that the UK Government act now to facilitate export activity and avoid any unnecessary delays later.”
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