Peru, Colombia lift import ban on U.S. beef
The governments of Peru and Colombia have lifted their import bans on U.S. beef products.
Peru and Colombia joined many countries around the world in banning U.S. beef shipments after the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or “mad cow” disease, in a Washington state cow in late December 2003. Many countries have since lifted their bans.
In 2003, the United States exported a combined total of more than $4 million worth of beef products to Colombia and Peru. “The reopening of these two markets restores two-thirds of the market access for U.S. beef and beef products in South America,” said a joint press statement from the USDA and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Friday.