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Taiwan Lifts Ban on US Beef in Bone

posted on October 23, 2009

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan says it will lift a ban on imports of a range of U.S. "beef in bone" products including Porterhouse steak.

In its Friday announcement, the Health Department says all imported beef products will have to carry a label of approval from the U.S. Agriculture Department.

Only meat products from cows aged 30 months or younger that are approved by certified veterinarians can be imported, it says.

Taiwan previously banned all U.S. beef containing bone, considering certain bones as carrying a higher risk of mad cow disease.

Mad cow disease is a brain-wasting disease in cattle, which in humans can cause a variant form, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.

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