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Philippines Lifts Netherlands Beef Ban

18 May 2009

PHILIPPINES - The Philippines has lifted the ban on beef and beef products from the Netherlands imposed because of concerns over BSE.

The Philippine agriculture secretary, Arthur Yap, announced the lifting of the ban now that the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) had declared the Netherlands a controlled risk zone for BSE.

Now, the Business Inquirer reports that beef can be imported into the Philippines under the following conditions:

  • Boneless and bone-in beef can be sourced from cattle of all ages devoid of any nerves and other BSE-specified risk materials;
  • The beef, whether boneless, or bone-in, should come only from healthy ambulatory and not downer cattle;
  • The age of the slaughter cattle shall be certified by the government authority; and,
  • The slaughter date of the cattle or the production date of the beef shall be included in the packaging label.

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