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WASHINGTON, June 2, 2005—The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that Lebanon has resumed the import of U.S. beef and beef products from animals under 30 months of age.

"Lebanon's action demonstrates that nation's commitment to trade that is based on internationally accepted scientific standards for human and animal health," said Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns. "This is another positive step toward our goal of resuming normal beef trade throughout the world, and we continue to work tirelessly to that end."

In 2003, the United States exported $643,000 worth of beef and beef products to Lebanon. It is the third country in the Middle East region to reopen its market to U.S. beef.

In 2003, the United States exported approximately $7.5 billion worth of beef, beef products, cattle and other ruminants and ruminant by-products. After the discovery of a BSE-infected cow in the United States, $4.8 billion worth of beef exports were banned. To date, USDA estimates that it has recovered $1.9 billion of the banned amount.


USDA Release No. 0194.05
FAS PR 0077-05

USDA Contact: Ed Loyd (202) 720-4623
FAS Contact: John Rice (202) 720-9445

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