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Hong Kong Further Loosens Beef Ban

Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety (CFS) has further relaxed its BSE-related import controls on Canadian beef.

The CFS, in a release June 30, said it has officially implemented the second phase of its agreement with Ottawa to allow imports of Canadian boneless beef, beef rib cuts and other bone-in products (except vertebral column cuts) from cattle of age 30 months or more (OTMs), as well as tails and offals, effective immediately.

That’s in addition to cuts allowed during the first phase, which took effect in March and included beef rib cuts and other bone-in products (except vertebral column cuts) from cattle less than 30 months old (UTMs).

If Hong Kong’s remaining safety and quality requirements are met by the end of 2009, it previously said it will open its borders to all remaining Canadian beef exports from UTM cattle, including T-bones and porterhouse steaks.

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