South Africa Lifts EU Beef and Dairy Ban

SOUTH AFRICA - The South African government has lifted its ban on EU beef and dairy products.
calendar icon 18 December 2008
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The move comes as the beef industry braces itself for the results of dioxin tests on cattle which received contaminated feedstuff, reports the IrishTimes.

However, South Africa said the ban on the importation of Irish pork would remain in place pending further investigations.

According to the IrishTimes, the South African government had cited the free movement of animal feed around the EU as its main reason for the initial ban on all meat and dairy products.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland said it expected the results of the dioxin tests from the 45 farms, on which nearly 10,000 cattle were fed contaminated product, to be available this evening.

The investigation into the source of the oil which contaminated the feed at the Millstream Recycling company continues.

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