Aussie Cattle Stranded in Egypt to be Slaughtered

AUSTRALIA - Australian cattle stranded in Egypt, after some were found to have hormone growth promotant implants, will now be processed for human consumption.
calendar icon 9 October 2012
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Thirty thousand cattle have been held in a feedlot for almost two months after the implants were found, despite Egypt placing no restrictions on HGPs in the past, reports ABC Rural.

Egyptian authorities have now decided that cattle without the implants can be processed immediately, and those with implants can be slaughtered 60 days after the implants have been removed.

Alison Penfold, from the Livestock Exporters Council, says it's good news.

"Particularly when the fuss has been made over something that's just not accurate. Those animals have been in the feedlot, they'd be pretty big, yes," she said.

"There's boats on the water, some I think are landing pretty soon. So consignments are flowing which is good."

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