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03 October 2023

UAE has eased beef imports from US, says US consulate

By Staff


The UAE has eased restrictions on import of cattle aged over 30 months from the US, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

The UAE is opening its door to beef import after three years. The ban was imposed due to mad cow disease scare in the US in 2009.

The UAE is the largest market for US beef in the Middle East.

“This progress was the result of close co-operation between officials of both countries,” Bloomberg News said quoting Matt Herrick, a
spokesman for the USDA.

On Sunday, the US consulate in Dubai alerted food export industry officials about end of import ban on beef products from cattle more
than 30 months old from the US, the Law360 website reported.

Michael Imgarten, president of United Source One (USO), an exporter of US prime beef to Gulf, told Beef Magazine that the UAE is one of the most important trade hubs in the region, adding to the significance of this potential market expansion.