Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Taiwan to accept Canadian beef

More than 10 years after an Alberta cow died of Bovine Spongiform Encepthalopathy (BSE, or mad cow’s disease) Taiwan has finally agreed to allow Canadian beef into its market.

Before the BSE-based import ban, Taiwan was importing about $20 million worth of beef per year from Canada. It was Canada’s fifth-largest beef export market.

Meanwhile, talks are still underway with South Korea which also banned Canadian beef in May, 2003.

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said he welcomes Taiwan’s science-based decision to allow imports to resume.

“Our industry is very well positioned to take advantage of this expanded access, said Chuck Maclean, chairman of Canada Beef.

“The federal government has been working tirelessly to provide market access and we are ready to turn this into value for Canadian beef and veal producers," Maclean said.